Real Simple

KEEP IT KOSHER

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The vast majority of profession­al chefs and cookbook authors prefer kosher salt to table salt. “It has a cleaner flavor than table salt, which is iodized and contains anticaking agents,” Santopietr­o says. “And kosher is actually less salty.” It’s also easier to wield with your fingers, thanks to its coarser texture. Just pick up a pinch or two and sprinkle it onto your food. Bear in mind, though, that two popular national brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different. “Morton is saltier by volume,” Santopietr­o explains. “By using Diamond Crystal, there’s less chance you’ll oversalt your food.” All of REAL SIMPLE’s recipes are developed with Diamond Crystal kosher salt. If you have Morton at home, start by using half as much as the recipe calls for.

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