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Table salt in sausage recipes.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by mohntr, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. mohntr

    mohntr Smoke Blower OTBS Member

    I've read where you shouldn't use iodized salt. I've read it changes the taste of the sausage and leaves a bitter after taste. Table salt is all I've ever used so I don't know.

    If a recipe calls for salt, are they normally talking about non-iodized?

    More salt questions - are pickeling, kosher and coarse salt basically the same?

    I never knew salt could be so confusing!! :!: Or is it just me?
  2. Pickling, kosher and sea salt are similiar, If you measure a cup of regular Iodized salt (table), it take 1 1/2 cups of the other salts to equal it, because of the coarseness of those salts (bigger grains, more air in between)
  3. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Canning and Pickling Salt is a pure granulated salt which does not contain potassium iodide, dextrose or an anti-caking agent. Pure salt no additives.

    Table salt - or iodized salt contains potassium iodide, and dextrose to stabilize the iodide and calcium silicate which is an anti-caking agent. The anti-caking agent is not water-soluble so it may produce clouding.

    I believe this is just another of those myths with just a tad bit of truth mixed in. Long ago we didn't have the options we have today. They didn't even have iodized salt in the US until 1924. The iodide was added to reduce the incidence of simple goiter. Dextrose is added to stabilize the iodide. Iodine is vital to the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and the prevention of goiter.

    Hope this helps!
  4. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Mo, table salts contain iodine, and it's the iodine that causes the after taste. If you look hard enough, you can find non-iodized salt. If a recipe call for "salt" they are refering to regular table salt. If the recipe calls for sea salt or kosher salt the recipe will state the type of salt needed.
  5. mohntr

    mohntr Smoke Blower OTBS Member

    I have seen the regular non-iodized salt. Should I use that in place of the table salt if it's not specified.

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