A World Class Salt For Jewish Cooking
Kosher salt is a term used to describe table salt that has been approved by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations and the Jewish National Fund for the Preservation of Kashrut (Kahal Tov). Kosher salt has its beginnings in ancient times when it was discovered that the Egyptians used kosher sea salts in their food. Over the centuries, kosher salt has been recognized as a true kosher product because of its use of uniform minerals like potassium and sodium chloride. This kosher salt is generally used as table salt and for culinary purposes such as kosher salt shavings on meat and poultry. However, kosher salt can also be used in a wide range of other ways.
In addition to adding value and flavour to foods, kosher salt has many health benefits. Unlike regular table salt, kosher salt contains no additives or preservatives. Used for both baking and cooking purposes, it is without additives and usually contains no metal traces. Used traditionally and not on the table, it primarily contains sodium chloride and can contain anti-caking agents like aluminium oxide or magnesium oxide. These compounds neutralize the effects of any chemicals on the surface of the salt thereby maintaining the original natural colour and texture of kosher salt.
Kosher salt is used in different ways. It is primarily used in the preparation of salty dishes and as a salad dressing. It can also be added to a wide range of other foods in the same way as regular table salt. As a salad dressing, kosher salt is added to vegetables and cooked slowly in steams to incorporate the salty taste into the natural flavours of the vegetables. As a cooking agent, kosher salt makes foods shinier, more moist and moister. It also helps to prevent bacterial growth and retains the texture of the food.
With its ability to help maintain and enhance the texture of the meat, kosher sea salts is a necessary ingredient in any reliable Jewish recipe. Whether you are making a pork, chicken, beef, fish or even vegetarian recipes, this seasoning is always an important part of the final result. With its unique ability to make meats juicier, more tender and moist, kosher salt is a must when cooking meats of any kind. And of course, with its ability to restore even the most dry and tough meat to its normal texture, kosher salt finds its place in almost every household as a valued salt ingredient.
There is no better way to use kosher salt than in the traditional manner. Just before cooking, add some kosher salt to the marinade of your choice. Rub this all over the cutlets, up the sides and all over the surface of the meat. Then let the meat sit for about half an hour covered with foil so that it can absorb all the flavour of the kosher salt. Then just serve it on its own, covered with plastic wrap or aluminium foil.
There are actually two kinds of salts that are recognized by the American kosher society. One is table salt and the other is sea salt. Most of the kosher salt being sold today is sea salt. It has been determined by the scientists that there are two types of minerals in kosher salt; one being potassium and the other being boron. Potassium is actually very important to good health, while boron is not. Because of this, boron is removed from table salt in favour of potassium salt.
As far as kosher salt goes, you can never go wrong with kosher salt. It brings out the natural flavours in food just like salt used in the old country. It also helps to reduce and control the development of harmful bacteria in your kitchen, which can lead to illness in your family. When you purchase kosher salt, make sure to read the label carefully. The only salt that should be used in cooking is kosher salt, as it is the only salt recognized by the Orthodox Jewish religion.
Kosher salt does a great job of keeping meat from sticking to the teeth, which is why it is so commonly used in kosher deli foods. Regular salt will absorb the liquid that comes out of the meat, and the flavour may be lost along the way. Flaky meat will also be reduced when using kosher salt, as the texture is very smooth and even. So next time you go shopping for Jewish deli meat, don't forget to pick up some kosher salt.