If you want to decrease your salt intake and increase your salt enjoyment, or if your loved ones badger you about how much salt you eat, read on!
Powdered vs. regular table salt
Taste is your reaction to chemicals on your tongue. More surface area means a faster reaction which means a more intense burst of flavour. SCIENCE!
Here’s a silly diagram:
Flavour increases with surface area
My opening photo is a macro shot of regular Windsor brand iodized table salt on the right, and the same salt finely powdered on the left. How do you accomplish this?
Etched glass mortar and pestle
Any mortar and pestle should work. Mine looks like this, a glass one with chemically etched grinding surfaces. Just add elbow grease until it looks, feels and acts like white all-purpose flour.
Using salt this way results in a more intense flavour but it also results in using a lot less salt, and not just because you don’t need as much to achieve that yummy salty taste. Since it’s a fine powder, there’s lots more airspace between particles. A third of a shaker of regular salt makes a full shaker of powdered salt. As well, when you dispense it on your food it looks like you’ve put lots on when you really haven’t. Your built-in “that looks like enough” instinct actually results in lots less than you’d get with more coarsely ground regular table salt — yet the yummy salty taste is stronger and your shaker stays full longer.
A final note: don’t add your salt when you cook; sprinkle it on just before you eat. First of all, not everybody likes the salt so anyone sharing your meal will appreciate your light-handedness. More importantly, though, you want to make good use of every little bit of salt that goes into your body. A lot of salt dispersed throughout your food has nowhere near the concentration that just a little bit on the surface does, so don’t waste your daily allocation of sodium; put that powdered good stuff right on the top where it will have the most impact.
(even for something like a broccoli cheese soup where the salt dissolves, it will stay near the surface since osmosis takes time)
Cucumber slices sprinkled with powdered salt
When I nom these delicious cucumber slices I flip ‘em on the way in so the salty side hits my tongue first.
CARE AND HANDLING
At home I keep my powdered salt in a shot glass. At my office I just have a regular old salt shaker — if you tap the bottom of it, it sounds hollow! A sign that I have ground it finely enough. Flour sounds the same if you put it in a shaker (we keep a shaker of flour at home to easily sprinkle our rolling surface).
Powdered salt is more susceptible to caking than regular table salt. It’s not as “free running”. If you keep it in a shaker you can just tap the side against your table a couple of times and it will come good right away. If you keep it in a shot glass or bowl you’ll want a salt spoon.
Homemade Salt Spoon
I’m too cheap to buy a proper fancy salt spoon so I made this one for my office. It’s the underside of a fork, with the main body and tines ground off on a bench grinder, the edges filed and polished up. This particular fork is made of stainless Japan. I didn’t know Japanese were stainless?!
Use your salt spoon for stirring your powdered salt and also as a classy way to sprinkle the delicious powder onto your food. Be sure to raise your pinky finger and adjust your monocle as you lightly tap the side at a medium pace from a respectable height, wot?
Your body needs a small amount of salt to operate properly. Unless you have an unusual diet your everyday food already has enough in without you having to ever add any at all. Your loved ones are right: you could and probably should just give it up entirely. That way you can live to be two hundred years old without ever enjoying another meal. (I joke, I joke!)
They say that diet drinks like Coze Zero aren’t good for you because even though you aren’t getting sugar from them you’re still satisfying your sugar craving which empowers that craving, which means that you take more sugar overall to keep yourself satisfied. If my technique means less salt but more salt taste then maybe you will end up empowering your salt craving and take more salt overall, so be a mature and responsible adult.
Be aware of this trap, use this new tool I have given you wisely and promise to use this new power to drastically lower your salt intake and live a longer and healthier life. All things in moderation.
This is the part of the article you share with your loved ones to keep them from getting mad at you. Or worse, ME!
This article is not sponsored in any way by Windsor salt or the Canadian Salt Company or Salty Salt Salt Traders, Inc. or anyone else. If you want to be a sponsor please send me a giant salt lick like what livestock have on farms. I have always wanted to have one in my living room that I can just walk up and lick whenever I want, just like a cow.