Salt is probably the most common seasoning we use today. Yet it has its roots in the ancient times.
Two thousand years ago, the custom of serving appetizers as a token of hospitality included salted fish and olives. Salt was a symbol of hospitality. To eat salt and food with anyone was to form an unbreakable bond of friendship.
Salt was mined from the salt hills around the Dead Sea and salt deposited on the banks of that sea when it overflowed every year provided plenty. It’s much the same today – common table salt like you and I grew up with is mined from the earth; sea salt, which is more better for you, is mined from sea beds.
There are lots of kinds of salt today: seasoning salts to use during cooking and finishing salts which are more expensive and sprinkled on right before you eat.
What’s the difference between Kosher and regular salt?
Besides being processed in a Kosher kitchen, Kosher salt can be rolled or flaked which allows it to dissolve better than regular table salt which is in tiny granules, plus it doesn’t usually have any additives. You’ll need more Kosher salt spoon for spoon than regular due to its shape.
Any ideas for reducing the amount of salt we use in food?
First, take the salt shaker off the table. Read labels as many processed foods contain sodium.
Or use the recipe I’m sharing today for my salt spray for spritzing food instead of shaking on salt.
How to use less salt with Rita’s Seasoning Spray.
No kidding, once you try this you’ll be hooked. And when you consider the recommendation to limit sodium intake to about 1500 milligrams per day, it’s easy to do this using a salt spritzer for seasoning raw veggies, salads, etc. than sprinkling on the salt.
The salt spray has a generous teaspoon of either sea salt or Himalayan pink salt (my current fave and the purest salt on earth, at least for now) and so has a little more than 2300 milligrams of salt in 8 oz of water. (The recommended intake of sodium is around 1500-2000 milligrams a day). You won’t believe how little spray you need to season so the spray will last a good long time.
Rita’s Himalayan/Sea Salt Spray
Bring to a simmer:
8 oz distilled water (this is a clean, pure water)
1 generous teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
Stir until salt dissolves. Let cool, taste and add more salt (or water). Store in spray bottle.
Rita’s Salt Spritzer/Spray with block of Himalayan pink salt<
Simple Salt Scrub
I like to use sea salt or Himalayan salt for its purity and minerals. This is great on tired feet, etc.
3 tablespoons or so of sea salt or Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon Epsom salt
Enough olive or almond oil to make a paste
Optional but good: Juice of a lime
To use: Rub on wet skin (avoid face), rinse.