Salt Tasting

Salt Tasting

Salting your food is pretty much a no-brainer. In fact, the use of salt actually predates cooking over a fire (so using salt is literally one of those things that is "so easy a caveman can do it").

If you like to cook, you've surely stocked your pantry with kosher and sea salt. If you're a little more adventurous, you may have some flavored sea salts or infusions.

You might be used to using salt mid-recipe, and again as a finishing touch. But how often do you simply taste salt?

You've heard of wine and cheese tastings, but what about a salt tasting? Salt tastings are a fun and easy way to explore the spectrum of salt.

With a salt tasting, you can sample the distinct flavors and textures of gourmet salts. You'll be able to notice the subtle - and perhaps not so subtle - differences between fleur de sel, sel gris, Himalayan and more.

There are no hard and fast rules for a salt tasting. Gather some friends, a sampling of gourmet salts (make sure you label them so everyone knows what they're tasting), some wine and finger foods, and you're set for an evening of experimentation.

Saltistry has some great tips for hosting your own "Saltparty." They recommend fresh fruit, such as sliced pears and apples because when sampled with each salt, you get a good idea of the individual flavor profiles.

They also recommend ripe melons, a crispy baguette, a good French butter and an assortment of chocolates and caramels, for starters.

Their signature Saltini is another great way to sample the salt: baby tomatoes skewered, dunked in chilled vodka and then dipped in Saltistry's Six Pepper Salt.

There are so many wonderful gourmet and flavored salts available, and the variety of flavors is virtually limitless.

The bottom line: have fun with your salt tasting and learn more about your palate!

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