Two questions: Does kosher salt go bad and is there a difference between "sea salt" and "kosher salt"?



latoscana March 7, 2011
There sure is a lot of interest in salt! It is a mineral and, essentially, a rock. It's the only rock we eat! It can't go bad because it's not an organic product.
Panfusine March 7, 2011
The salt we now eat, came from seas that existed in the dinosaur age, so no chance of spoilage. Kosher saltis simply the flaky variation of the finer table salt. the larger surface area ensures that it can coat onto dishes better. these come from Salt mines that are inland. Sea Salt is salt extracted from evaporating sea water in Salt pans.
Greenstuff March 6, 2011
We just had a little salt discussion a page or two back. A slightly different focus, but take a look:
Sam1148 March 6, 2011
Salt doesn't 'go bad'.

Kosher salt is flakey. With a light crystal structure, it designed to melt on contact and contains no additives.

Sea Salt (as a rule) is a cubical structure for supermarket sea salt, and pyramidal for others, an additive free option for table salt with iodine. As a table style 'sea salt'. Others sea salt are processed differently to produce flakes, or hard rock type crunchy crystals to be used a finishing salt.

pierino March 6, 2011
Kosher salt is used for "koshering"---removing blood from meat--- and most likely what you buy is a mined salt, whereas sea salt is harvested. Sea salt can be either somewhat coarse or silky fine. Kosher salt crystals are intentionally coarse. As to which is better, it all depends on how you are using it. I've heard the nonsense that it's all just sodium choloride too many times, but harvested sea salt has traces of minerals which add to its flavor. Open a box of Morton's and then compare that to fleur de sel.
Laura_K March 6, 2011
spuntino March 6, 2011
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