How to Choose Table Salt and Kosher Salt
Kosher salt and table salt are two of the most important ingredients in cooking food, even if you use it for a Jewish recipe. Although it is important to understand what they are, especially the religious connotations, you should know about them so that you can choose the best salt and have the best success.
Salt is a granular crystalline mineral and it is found in sea, lake, and rivers. Salt is formed in different ways, with different chemical compositions. Because of this variation, there are different varieties of salt, each with its own characteristics.
Table salt is used to preserve food, particularly of animal origin, especially meat. It should be used at room temperature because of the relatively low boiling point of water.
Table salt is another term for kosher salt. Kosher salt contains the metal hydroxide and in the Kosher Law it is forbidden to use table salt.
Table salt is often used for baking bread, especially with those made from yeast. The baking process does not require salting and thus one does not need to treat it as such. So in the United States, it is sometimes called the domestic salt, even though it is used for baking.
Table salt is inexpensive and widely available. In the United States, there are many salts sold at supermarkets, convenience stores, and on the Internet. The most common type is usually listed by the percentage of sodium chloride, the only essential salt known to man.
Table salt and kosher salt are commonly confused because both are made from the same minerals. The difference between the two is that table salt has less of the sodium chloride and has less of the other minerals.
Table salt is measured in milliliters. Kosher salt is measured in grams. You must make sure you get the correct number when you compare the salt between the two types.
Kosher salt is also used for cooking meats and other foods that cannot be cooked properly with table salt. There are actually two kinds of kosher salt, based on how the salts are created. One type is made with sodium chloride, while the other is made with sodium bicarbonate.
Table salt is used for the production of alcohol and other products that cannot be produced using the sodium chloride. Most cooking recipes use table salt or kosher salt.
When buying salt, one should know the difference between table salt and kosher salt. It would be a good idea to get one more than once, just in case you get confused with which one to use.