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Salt and pepper

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by HMHB, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. HMHB

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    I've noticed that chefs on television these days put salt and pepper into absolutely everything thay cook these days. They even say things like "this is already quite salty so don't put too much in" or "this fish has a delicate flavour so only use a little salt and pepper". I don't use much salt and pepper in my cooking at all as I find that I can taste the food better without. I just wonder if this is just the latest way of cooking or if it really does add to all dishes ?
     
  2. The Dude

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    they're just adding a bit of personal 'artistry' to things JohnG :)

    after all, you wouldn't want to believe that they were just following a recipe too... ;)
     
  3. la gran siete

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    old habits die hard. People use far too much salt in this country. I like some but only enough to enhance flavour not drown it.
     
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    My condiments to the chef :)
     
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    I don't add salt to anything except boiling water when doing Potatoes or Pasta. If you use sauces in a jar (even posh ones) which I do, I generally find they have got quite enough salt in there already.

    I do generally add pepper to most things whilst cooking them but not usually afterwards.
     
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    me too.... I don't even own salt... I think the only things that get pepper added during cooking at my house are basmati rice and super-rare steaks...
     
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    I rarely use salt myself, but I do like pepper tho...even on fried eggs and bacon!
     
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    I eat far too much salt to be honest, I pile it on meat, especially chicken, and like nice salty potatoes.

    I know it's wrong, but I can't help it :eek:
     
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    I can't understand how they say that Salt adds flavour.....to me it makes it more salty !
     
  10. Garrett

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    As above says add it to the water that you’re cooing with but not afterwards it enhances the flavour in the cooking.
    I generally do not use it but of the very few occasions I have chips I like it on them.
     
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    What? Chefs say: Just a pinch of seasoning, and grab a handful?
     
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    Salt on chips. And thats it. Never use it in cooking at all.
     
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    I never used to use salt either in cooking or afterwards (talking about things from scratch rather than from bottles) but a while ago I bought a cook book and followed its instructions to add salt where appropriate and have found that it does improve the flavour - I never put as much in as they suggest as I cant stand the taste of salt (even on chips) but a little is good.

    Pepper is totally different and I will use it in libral quantities in foods I think it suits - havent yet seen the health warnings that pepper causes cancer/ heart disease/ sneezing
     
  14. Garrett

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    Dont you just love people that as soon as a meal is placed before then the straight away use the salt before even tasting the food.
     
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    That'll be me then :eek: :laugh:
     
  16. HMHB

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    I was always taught that it was bad manners not to taste your food first :)
     
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    yeah, they do tend to use a lot...

    :eek:
     
  18. Garrett

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    I remember going on a gliding holiday and cook cooked some mince in red wine and one guy before he even tasted it covered it in tomato ketchup. The cook told me privately afterwards she was mad as hell with him.
     
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    My bad! :(

    I can't believe i'm the only one here who likes a lot of salt, apparently excessive salt consumption is a major problem in the UK.
     
  20. HMHB

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    Don't worry Steve, my mother worked on school dinners so I got it in the neck at hime just like we all did at school from the dinner ladies :D
     
  21. Garrett

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    I think it is educating your pallet or re- educating.

    Same with sugar in hot beverages you may love it now but just go a month without it and you should find that when you do use it you are tasting the sugar and not the drink.

    Same with sandwiches try it without butter or margarine, it may be a little dry at first but you will taste what’s in it better, than if you go back it taste sickly.
     
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    No salt added for me either.
     
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    No entirely sure where my wife heard this (Probably on Radio 4) but the context of the story goes like this. A group of people who have applied for being astronauts are invited to a dinner. The people were watched eating and those who put salt/pepper/whatever on their food before they even tried it had their applications rejected. The idea being that if you automatically did something at a dinner table table you might automatically do something a few miles up in the air which may be the wrong thing. Or something like that.
     
  24. The Dude

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    Nice one Garrett! :thumbsup:

    and there was me, thinking I was some kind of freak...:D

    I should have added earlier, that sugar, margerine, butter dont live at my house either....not for 5 years or more.. One by one I phased them all out, and I totally agree with you... I'll eat pre-made sandwiches if I have to, but the taste of the marg etc is just so overpowering to me these days...!

    I'll get butter in for cooking something that requires it, but whatever i don't use just goes straight in the bin. I just couldn't imagine putting butter/marg on toast these days... eeuwww, horrid, just horrid!!

    similarly, salt just makes everything taste salty....I cant even remember the last time I bought some...
     
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    Word to your momma

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    Sean, your dressing up and make up is getting much better these days!

    I bet you nearly pass for real when cruising in Manchester! :laugh:
     
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    I once went to a barbeque some years ago and they were making burgers and there was a pile of pre-buttered buns. There was a bag there with some left un-buttered and I asked the hostess if I could have one and she said it was OK, the number of people that asked for the same on hearing was a little embarrassing. The line worms and can spring to mind. (no we was not eating them) ;) .
     
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    I never use salt or pepper! My cooking is good enough to not need it... ;)
     
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    I don't like salt and I never add sugar to anything except when making a marinade for barbequing chicken
     
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    I think salt and (to a lesser extent) pepper are absolutely essential when cooking proper food (and by that I mean from scratch). I think the problem comes when using things like premade sauces etc as these contain tons of the stuff.

    there's no way you'll be eating "too much" of the stuff if you make stuff yourself and add seasoning as described in recipe books, in fact you'll probably eat about ten times less than you would in a ready meal.

    a bad example I found the other day was some posh tomato pulp stuff they've started selling in sainsburys. its part of their taste the difference range and I've got to say that straight out of the bottle it tasted great - its marketed as being just mushed up nice tomatoes. I found though that when I made a pasta sauce with it, it was horribly salty. I had a look on the jar and it had over 10g of salt in one jar :eek:

    you've just got to be a bit careful of what's already in stuff I think, if you do that then adding pinches of salt and pepper will make your food taste infinitely better - you need salt to allow your sense of taste to work properly.
     

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