Salt 101: Alton Brown and the Power of Salt

Ah, salt! This is what perks up our dishes and makes us go back for seconds. But don't take our word for it - Alton Brown and the makers of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt have teamed up to give us a fun, interactive tutorial on the wonders of our favorite seasoning. Got five minutes? Give it a peek!

Yes, there are a few plugs for Diamond Crystal salt thrown in the dialogue, but there's also some really good information on the nature of salt and how we can better use it in our cooking.

Salt 101 with Alton Brown

One of our favorite clips is on the difference between seasoning salt and finishing salt, something that's always been a bit of a mystery to us. In his signature quirky style, Brown explains that seasoning salt is for drawing out flavors during cooking while finishing salt is for adding a burst of salty goodness and crunchy texture at the very end.

He also talks about why kosher salt is better than table salt for seasoning, perfecting your salt sprinkling technique, and when to use a finishing salt. Plus, Brown certainly never fails to entertain and we admit to laughing out loud at a few key moments!

Got any salting tips of your own?

Related: Food Science: Salting to Taste

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