Do people really put rice in salt? Salt is a seasoning that is used to enhance the taste of food. The word salt is derived from Latin word ‘Sal’ meaning salt. Salt was used as a currency for trading.
Salt enhances the flavors and brings out the aromas in food. It helps in overall palatability of the food. It has the ability to reduce bitterness and increase other flavors like sweet, sour and umami.
Sources of salt
Salt is naturally dissolved in sea water in form of sodium or found as a crystalline solid in rock salt. It occurs naturally in meats, seafood, eggs, some vegetables and dairy products.
Types of salt
Salt is more essential than you think. They are of different types of salt based on their size and concentration.
The few types are:
This type of salt is finer and less concentrated. They differ within each other and are coarser and more concentrated.
It is the best salt for koshering meat and that’s how it got its name. Koshering meat is a process of removing blood that involves rinsing, soaking and salting.
It is well known as Table salt. It contains anti-clumping agents which gives a slightly metallic taste.
It has a great texture, more than its taste. It has a crispy texture and gives you a great finishing touch for you dish.
Many of them come from the sea. They are more concentrated and don’t dissolve easily. It is better to use them as topping than an ingredient in your dish.
Pink Himalayan salt
Pink salt is a type of rock salt that gets its color from traces of minerals like Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium. Due to the presence of minerals, it tastes slightly different than others.
What are the uses of salt?
Apart from adding salt in food, do you know there are quite a few things where salt can be used?
Ever wondered you can use salt to clean up the dropped egg mess by using salt. Sprinkle some salt on the egg and wait for 20 minutes to clean. The salt absorbs all the liquids and makes easier for you to clean.
Some of those are maybe we have not known at all. Here they are:
Soothe a bee sting
Clean up the oven spills
Clean a cutting board
To keep your radishes safe in garden
Clean coffee and tea stains from china cups
Clean tarnished copper
Clean artificial flowers
Keep windows frost-free
Test for rotten eggs
10. Clean glass coffee pots
14.DIY mouth wash
15.Extinguish a grease fire
16.Stop ants from invading your house
Benefits of consuming salt
Our body uses sodium to maintain fluid level. Salt regulates blood fluids and prevents low blood pressure. Consuming too little or too much salt is dangerous and affects your body a lot. It maintains the health of the health, liver and kidneys.
If the sodium level in your body, then it affects your brain activity. You may experience muscle twitches, seizure, a loss of consciousness, coma and death.
Excess sodium intake can lead to Osteoporosis, kidney disease, hypertension and even leads to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
According to study by researches, children who consume salty foods are more likely in the risk of obesity. Sodium can over stimulate the Immune system and leads to autoimmune diseases like Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, allergies and other conditions.
Should I put rice in salt?
No dish is complete without a salt. Salt is a well known food preserving and flavoring agent.
Usually salt gets to clump as it absorbs moisture from the air. But rice absorbs faster, so they are added to absorb the moisture more quickly in salt shakers. Raw rice is tasteless and flavorless, so it does not affect the taste of the salt.
You can add long rice grains in salt so that they would not fly of the shaker along with the salt. It is an inexpensive and most effective way to prevent salt clumps. Restaurants use dehumidifiers to make salt fresh and spend a lot in buying equipments during damp weather. So, add rice grains in your salt shakers.