What's with Salt?
Salt can be a very contentious and sometimes confusing subject.
Delia shows different kinds of salt. Free running salt, is very finely granulated and because of this contains a chemical to prevent it from getting damp and coagulating which would stop it from running freely. What additives do is make the salt sharper but at the same time its saltiness is slightly diminished. Pure sea salt flakes have nothing added and when you use this pure salt its also marginally saltier so you need slightly less of it.
On the dining table it can be served just as it is and use your fingers to crush it. Or best of all a salt mill. Delia shows our own stamp of approval Cookery School Salt Mill. Its called CrushGrind and it does exactly that. You can adjust the coarseness by twisting the mechanism underneath. In the kitchen sometimes the flakes are used just as they are, or a pestle and mortar can be used for crushing pure sea salt flakes really finely.
Now we are being advised to eat less salt. The daily amount being up to 6g per adult per day. So the important point here is when you are cooking at home you know pricely what amount of salt you are using. The danger is the hidden salt used in processed foods because they use salt to give longer shelf life. To find out more about hidden salt visit the CASH website.