Table Salt vs. Kosher Salt

 

saltIs there any difference between kosher salt and table salt?  Read on to find out!

SALTY SQUARE OFF:  Table salt is the salt that most of us are familiar with.  It can be found on almost any table at any restaurant; sprinkled on our favorite fried foods, and it’s likely you have a salt shaker sitting on your counter or table at home.  Table salt is highly processes and results in very fine grains. If you look at table salt under a microscope you would see small cubes.  Because this salt is so fine, manufacturers must use anti-clumping agents to keep your salt from clumping on the bottom of your salt shaker.  Along with anti-clumping agents, iodine is also an important additive to most table salts.  Iodine was first added to table salt in 1924 to combat iodine deficiencies among many Americans at the time, and has been added to table salt ever since.

Kosher salt was given its name because of how it was used in the “koshering” process of meats.  The large crystals of kosher salt were ideal for drawing surface blood away from the meat without absorbing into the meat.  Kosher salt differs from table salt in a few ways.  Kosher salt is less processed; this means that its crystals are more random in shape and are larger than those of table salt.  Because the crystals are larger, there is no need for anti-clumping agents.  Iodine is also not added to kosher salt like it is in table salt.

There are no taste differences between table salt and kosher salt.  They can both be used in recipes easily, however the amount required in the recipe will differ.  1 ¼ to 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt is equal to 1 teaspoon of table salt.  The bigger salt crystals of Kosher salt make it ideal to coat foods like pretzels.

Who wins? Both are very similiar, but table salt has iodine which has added health benefits to the body. 

TIP:  Kosher salt crystals are larger and easier to see.  This makes it easier to control how much you are putting on your food because they are easier to visualize than the small table salt crystals.  Ultimately, you should use salt in moderation.