SOURCE: Morton Salt

October 10, 2013 05:00 ET

Know the Reasoning Behind Your Salt Seasoning

MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Oct 10, 2013) - (Family Features) Salt may be the original seasoning, but its current uses and applications can be as varied as the variety of salts that are available, leaving many in the kitchen wondering which is the best salt to use for various purposes. Fortunately, you don't need to be a gourmet chef to use salts in ideal ways to help unlock the full flavor of your favorite dish.

No matter what salts you love most, always keep several types on hand and try to use each for its ideal purpose.

Sea Salt: As its name suggests, water is harvested directly from the sea and allowed to evaporate until only salt remains. All-purpose sea salt can be measured like table salt and used in your favorite recipe. The smaller crystals of fine sea salt blend easily into dishes, helping to unlock the flavor of food. A sprinkle of coarse sea salt is ideal for finishing vegetable dishes and desserts.

Kosher Salt: The compact crystals of Morton Coarse Kosher Salt adhere well to food and dissolve slowly, imparting a well-rounded flavor. That makes it great for brining meat, rimming margarita glasses, roasting, barbecuing, marinating and making rubs. Its flakes are much bigger than table salt, and chefs like that it can be easily pinched for measuring. So, why is it called kosher? It originally received its name because of its role in the process of making meats kosher, but it has many more uses.

Table Salt: This go-to kitchen staple is a must for baking because the uniform crystals allow for precise measurements. Its crystals are also fine, making it perfect for filling salt shakers, spreading evenly over food and unlocking the flavors of your favorite meals and desserts.

Once you become familiar with the distinctive sizes, flakes and flavors of various salts, you will quickly become an expert at pairing each with your favorite dishes. Coarse sea salt provides the perfect finish for sea salt caramel brownies, while a fine sea salt seasons side dishes, such as one pot easy cheesy vegetables and rice. So, fill your pantry with several different kinds and start sprinkling away. Visit www.MortonSalt.com for recipes and more information about various types of salt.

 
 
One Pot Easy Cheesy Vegetables & Rice
 
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1/2 teaspoon Morton Fine Sea Salt
1 cup extra-long grain rice (15 minute variety)
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
3 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
   
   

Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining ingredients, except for cheese. Bring to boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Add cheese and stir until melted and serve immediately.

 
 
Sea Salt Caramel Brownies  
1 package fudge brownie mix
  Eggs
  Vegetable oil
  Water
20 pieces individually wrapped caramels
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon Morton Coarse Sea Salt
   
   

Heat oven and prepare brownie mix per on-pack directions. Place brownie mix in 8-inch by 8-inch baking pan and set aside. Place unwrapped caramels and milk in microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute, then 10-second intervals until the caramels are easily whisked. Whisk caramel sauce until caramel mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined. Drizzle caramel sauce on top of brownie batter. Bake brownie batter per package directions. Remove brownies from oven. Sprinkle Morton Coarse Sea Salt over brownies. Cool brownies before cutting.

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