Seasoning is so important when preparing food. Too much or too little, and the dish may not meet its full potential. Salt, specifically, is the building block for all flavor. Any dish you cook can be enhanced by the addition of salt. Sweet, savory.. it really doesn't matter. It can always use a bit of salt.
You may be wondering what the difference between regular salt and finishing salt is. You may even be thinking that salt is salt is salt. Young Grasshopper, there is so much more to it than that!
Comparing table salt and kosher salt side by side, you can taste incremental differences.. both in flavor and texture. You will likely find one much more appealing than another. Finishing salt takes this idea, and broadens it.
The suggested method to use is to season your food less during the cooking process and sprinkle on finishing salt at the end. Each finishing salt has its own distinct flavor, hints of the environment from which is was taken. A hint of the ocean, a smoky richness.
For the unseasoned chef (Hah! Did you catch that pun?), a finishing salt kit is a great way to start. Check out the folks at The Meadow, for the kit being explained and reviewed today.
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Now.. on to the salt!