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Table salt in sausage recipes.


Smoke Blower
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Joined Dec 24, 2006
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?

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Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Jul 12, 2006
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)


Legendary Pitmaster
Joined Nov 18, 2006
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!


Smoking Guru
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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.


Smoke Blower
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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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