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OK, I know that sounds stupid...but it's true. I was always a good cook, in that, I can read...and follow a recipe. But it wasn't until I started seasoning my food at each stage with salt and pepper...and tasting... and then reseasoning if necessary... that I became a great cook. I'm truly amazed by how good some of my stuff tastes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
So... if you were like me, and only added 1 tsp of salt because that's what the recipe said... I urge you... salt and pepper as you go along... taste... and then adjust. I know it seems simple... but obviously for me, it wasn't.
 

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There's a reason many recipes say "season to taste".<br>
That doesn't just mean S&P at the table.<br><br>
Umsami, what kind of salt do you use?
 

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Usually I use sea salt or kosher salt... although in baking, I typically go for the fine granulated stuff.<br><br>
Right now, I have this sea salt grinder that I got at Costco and am loving.
 

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I can totally relate.<br><br>
My mother never cooked with salt, and it was not routinely on our table at dinnertime. I had never put salt on eggs or chicken before I met my DH. It blew my mind how delicious a little made certain dishes.<br><br>
I'm still not a big pepper fan (my mom used that in excess) but I'm getting there......
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Usually I use sea salt or kosher salt... although in baking, I typically go for the fine granulated stuff.<br><br>
Right now, I have this sea salt grinder that I got at Costco and am loving.</div>
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OK, good ... just checkin ... I was taught in my training as a chef to get a feel for the grains of kosher salt when seasoning with my hands, and to me it's a very important skill when learning to season.<br><br>
Go get yourself some good heirloom peppercorns. Whole pepper is fun.
 

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the quality of salt makes ALL the difference.<br><br>
my culinary abilities went up several notches once i learned about the deliciousness of fleur de sel.<br><br>
it even makes your baked goods taste better!<br><br>
salt is not a seasoning to be cheap on, imo. buy the best that you can afford.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">the quality of salt makes ALL the difference.<br><br>
my culinary abilities went up several notches once i learned about the deliciousness of fleur de sel.<br><br>
it even makes your baked goods taste better!<br><br>
salt is not a seasoning to be cheap on, imo. buy the best that you can afford.</div>
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This is very, very true. I'm so lost when I go to my mom's house and try to cook something, and all she has is iodized salt. :x
 

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What is Kosher salt? After reading Real Food: What to Eat and Why, I actually threw out my box of kosher salt. I have sea salt in my grinder, and I had a bag of sea salt, and the book said that "industrialized" salt was 100% NaCl and our bodies can't process it. That sea salt was only about 85% NaCl plus other essential minerals. So I took that to mean that kosher salt was more like non-iodized salt. Am I wrong?<br>
Kathy
 

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The biggest revelation was, for me, tomato sauce. I used to buy Rao's jarred sauce (this might be a local thing - it's a restaurant in NYC and the sauce is sold in the NY metro area). Well, I discovered that the reason my home-made sauce didn't taste as good is because I needed a LOT more salt and a LOT more olive oil. That's it.<br><br>
Also, I add a pinch to lemonade and chocolate milk/hot chocolate (made with Droste cocoa and agave nectar - my lunchtime treat). Sweet things need salt, too!<br><br>
We don't eat much processed food at all, so I feel justified in my liberal use of (Himalayan) sea salt.<br><br>
Also, the following foods absolutely NEED salt & pepper:<br><br>
Eggs (however you prepare them)<br>
Potatoes<br>
Tomatoes
 

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Oh yes, I have become SUCH a better cook since following my husband's advice of seasoning, seasoning, seasoning.
 

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Try telling that to dh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/neg.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="negative"> have to sneak salt into our morning oatmeal or into cocoa. I try telling him it makes it sweeter and still have no luck. And it does make it sweeter! I swear on it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Try telling that to dh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/neg.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="negative"> have to sneak salt into our morning oatmeal or into cocoa. I try telling him it makes it sweeter and still have no luck. And it does make it sweeter! I swear on it!</div>
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Salt is a flavor enhancer. It works on the natural flavors present and makes them better. So sweet stuff will taste sweeter if you add a little salt.<br><br>
It is the reason pretty much every baking recipe you'll ever find has salt in the ingredient list.
 

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oh dear, you DO need salt in some sweet things! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> If you do cocoa/granola/oatmeal/etc without salt it will be nasty!!<br><br>
I don't do pepper (do many other seasonings though) but I do salt (fine celtic-try it sometime!) and completely agree! It takes food from ordinary to extraordinary gourmet!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I could wax poetic about salt...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 
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