As an unapologetic craver of the glorious mineral that is sodium chloride, I firmly believe that anyone who's serious about cooking needs an easily-accessible salt cellar. No other ingredient changes the way you perceive flavours like salt does; while it's rarely the sole seasoning agent in a recipe, it's the most important to get right.
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Alison Roman's salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookies are everywhere. Bon Appétit, Eater, Nylon, Smitten Kitchen and The New York Times have covered them in glowing detail; The Cookies pop up on my Instagram discover feed literally every day. The best recipes are more than the sum of their parts, but the sheer volume of breathless, googly-eyed reviews suggest that a concerning number of people have lived deprived, salted-butter-cookie-less lives until now.
If you've watched any appreciable number of cooking shows, you've most likely been instructed by some famous chef to "finish" your dish with a drizzle of oil, a sprinkling of salt, or some freshly chopped herbs. "Finishing" a dish, which is quite different than polishing one off, simply means adding those extra flourishes to help the food shine and become its best self.
Australian guidelines recommend limiting salt intake to six grams a day or less. The World Health Organisation advises limiting salt even further: to 5g (for adults) and 2g (for children) per day or less. But how much can you get away with before it starts to become seriously unhealthy? Let's take a look at the science.
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of a "smart salt shaker" called "The Smalt". Oddly, the shaking aspect of this shaker is still decidedly unplugged -- you still have do all the shaking; Smalt just "tracks" it for you. (And lights up. And plays music.) It is, essentially, the Juicero of seasoning.
Being the seasoned and savvy home cook that you are, you probably know how to make a simple salad dressing without too much trouble. But there's an even easier way to dress a pile of crunchy veggies, and all you really need is some salt.
You guys already know that flavoured salt is a great way to flavour blast your meal, but chicken salt may take things to a whole new level.
This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published three papers about the effects of salt consumption on health. Their apparently contradictory findings have served to further fuel an unwarranted debate about the harms, or otherwise, of excessive dietary salt.