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What Does Salt Do To Food?

Salt is pretty clever. It enhances the flavour of meat, brings out the taste of vegetables, puts “oomph” into bland starches, deepens the flavour of desserts, and develops the flavour of fruit. No other seasoning has yet been found that can take the place of salt.

One of the greatest chefs of all time, Ferran Adria (who was head chef of the famous elBulli restaurant in Spain) said that salt is “the only product that changes cuisine”. Why? Because sodium chloride not only adds saltiness which human beings innately crave (we are not joking when we say some people have a ‘salt tooth’), but it also skews the flavour in a good way. It makes food sing by doing some super clever things. Salt can …

  • Suppress bitterness
  • Enhance other tastes e.g. sweet and savoury
  • Make aroma more profound

Pretty awesome, hey? We told you salt is more than just salt …