Should I Use These Flavored Yet Bitter Salts?

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Q: My sister recently brought me back a set of 5 different flavored salts from France. I almost used the lemon-lime flavored one the other night, but went in for a taste test first. Every one of the salts had a very bitter, unpleasant taste, and I was wondering if this is normal? Perhaps the salts are only good once they are added to food? I am also unsure of all the flavors, but I know there is a lemon-lime one and a lavender one.

I am hesitant to use them on foods and risk ruining a meal, but I also don't want to miss out on something.

Sent by Melanie

Editor: Melanie, well, on the one hand, we say go with your gut. If the salt doesn't taste good, then don't use it! On the other hand, flavored salts often do have a sharp, intense taste that is meant to be spread out and softened by the other flavors in a dish.

Readers, do you have any advice for Melanie?

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