5 Common Salt Types That You Can Use In Your Kitchen
- Tavishi Dogra
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
Salt plays an essential role in enhancing the taste of food. Know about five different types of salt, which you can use in the kitchen.
Salt is of paramount importance in our diet that enhances the taste of our everyday dishes. Salt was considered so vital that it was also used as payment in ancient Rome in earlier times. Do you know why salt is essential for the body? Because it works to send signals from the brain to the body. Salt also plays an indispensable role in preserving food and cleaning items because of its antibacterial properties. While buying goods from the market, people often think about which salt to use in the kitchen. Different salts have their own merits, taste and texture. Therefore, you need to know about their varieties to better use them according to their speciality.
Pink salt of the Himalayas
It is considered the purest salt found globally and is extracted from the Khewra Salt Mine of Pakistan. Its colour varies between off white and dark pink. Eighty-four types of minerals are found in this salt, primarily being used in kitchens and spas. These salts have a slightly sharper taste than other salts, so they are considered better for cooking.
Table salt contains potassium iodide giving the body a sufficient amount of iodine. This salt is extracted from below ground salt deposits and is heavily refined. Also, an anti-caking agent is added to table salt to keep it free-flowing. Do you know that iodine deficiency can lead to hypothyroidism and other diseases?
The beauty of this salt is that it enhances the taste of non-vegetarian delicacies, but it does not contain iodine. As a result, it is slightly thicker than table salt and is easy to sprinkle on meat. In addition, this salt dissolves very quickly and can be easily used as an all-purpose cooking salt.
Celtic Sea Salt
Celtic Sea Salt is also recognised as sel gris, which means grey salt in French (found on the coasts of France). This salt is rich in minerals, and that is why its colour is brown. The taste of this salt is delicious on fish which is used during baking.
This salt is made by drying seawater; hence it is less refined and thicker than other types of salt. Elements like zinc, potassium, and iron are also found, so their flavour is slightly different from other salts.