There is a wide range of kosher sea salt available on the market today, all different types of kosher salt. Each type comes in a variety of colors, each with a different texture and flavor. Some are better known for their traditional use as table salt while others have been developed to be more versatile. Here, I will introduce you to a few more varieties and explore some of their uses.
Sea salt is an essential ingredient in kosher cooking. It adds an excellent texture and flavor to stews, fish dishes, and salty salads and other food items. In general, sea salt is recognized by its characteristic taste which ranges from “earthy” to “sharp”. How to store Kosher sea salt is a concern for those who enjoy preparing foods at home, as it can become clumpy when stored improperly, but it can also lose its taste if not stored in the right conditions.
To maintain its freshness longer, Kosher sea salt should be stored in a cool dark place. Clients frequently inquire about how to best store kosher sea salt, as this often indicates the need to reduce the amount of time salt is stored. If you are looking for the quickest and easiest way to preserve kosher salt, then opt for glass containers that allow air flow. This is because air allows for quicker evaporation of water and consequently faster removal of impurities. In any case, never leave kosher sea salt on a hot counter, as this can cause burning and/or discoloration.
Most kosher salt does not taste great but there are a couple varieties that do really stand out. Himalayan kosher salt is often described as “the salt of paradise.” It’s naturally cloudy and sweet, almost like the finest table salt available. Because of its high levels of minerals and trace elements, Himalayan kosher salt is often used in recipes requiring ingredients with high levels of salt such as sea food or cheeses. Another variety is Kedem salt, which is the most commonly found kosher salt on earth. It has a smooth texture, rich flavor and a slightly salty taste, which is why it’s commonly added to foods made with white sea salt.
When shopping for kosher sea salts, it is important to purchase ones that have been produced without the use of preservatives. This is because any trace of preservatives can alter the texture and flavor of kosher sea salts. This is the most important rule to follow: don’t buy table salt that contains any type of artificial preservatives. You will notice the difference right away.
To keep sea salt from oxidizing (going black), it should be stored in an air-tight container. However, table salt shouldn’t be stored in the same vessel as the other table salt because it will lose its texture and mineral content. This is because in time the molecules of the sea salt will become smaller and they’ll slowly start oxidizing. When you store them in a closed container, they won’t oxidize, thus retaining their original color, texture and flavor. There are also some suggestions on how to make sure your kosher sea salt does not oxidize by using it regularly in different recipes so that it retains its benefits and doesn’t start losing its original flavor after a few years.