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Eastex

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Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« on: March 30, 2013, 05:57:36 PM »
I'll admit, Alton Brown got me interested in Kosher salt. I think we still have that round cardboard can of Morton's in a cupboard somewhere but it's been years since its been used. We settled on David's Kosher salt as our brand, the flakes are pretty large and its usually available near us, I even find it at the occasional Wally World although these days I usually pick it when we're by a Cost Plus World Market.

     Peppers the other basic and I'll confess that I haven't found a pepper grinder that I really like. Either I use more black pepper than normal or my grinders have been crap although in my defense I have spent a fair amount of money on some of them. They have always been too meager with the amount they put out. On a trip with the wife to Kohls I think I found my solution. While she was looking at clothes I headed off to the back to see what kind of stuff they had and there on a shelf was the Imusa Mortar and Pestle and on clearance at that.



It's a heavy sucker, maybe 10 pounds? I just throw in some peppercorns and grind away, still working on coarseness control but I don't have the "not enough" problem anymore and since its so quick I find myself using freshly cracked more often.
   So what are y'all's favorite brands, tools etc?
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1buckie

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2013, 07:50:21 PM »


The wife's got any & all containers loaded w/ sea salt....I feel somewhat iodine depleted lately......

For pepper, I load shotgun shells w/ whole peppercorns & blast away at a brick wall..... ;D
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Eastex

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Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2013, 08:06:04 PM »
You got the shotgun shells backwards, they're supposed to be loaded with rock salt!


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1buckie

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2013, 08:11:26 PM »


No really, works great for cracked pepper, honest..... ;D
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Jaronimo

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 05:10:17 AM »
My favorite salt is pink Himalayan sea salt. 

We first found a little, 4 ounce,  bottle of it at Trader joes for about $6.  Now I buy 2.2 pound bags of the course (works better in a grinder than the fine) salt from Amazon for about $15.  I still use sea salt and kosher salt for my dry rubs, but the pink salt is better on everything else.  I grill steaks over charcoal with only pink salt and fresh ground pepper. they come out fantastic every time.

PS: when we first got it I did side by side taste tests with pink salt, sea salt, kosher salt, and regular iodized table salt.  Good Lord, I don't know how I ever used that nasty tasting table salt in the past!  After the taste test I threw the 3/4 full table salt container in the trash.  Hopefully i don't die from some lack of iodine disease.
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Bman

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 05:46:29 AM »
I'm a fan of Kosher salt, but the pink salt has me intrigued.  Didn't even know it existed. 
I've always had gas...  And now a bunch of kettles because of this place.  Thanks!

1Cavman

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 05:49:56 AM »
While I use a CA Sea Salt on most of my cooks. This is one of my favorites as part of a rub...


Duke

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013, 07:49:23 PM »
I've used red salt, but regular sea salt does it for me. I also like seasoned salts as rubs now and then.

Troy

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013, 08:26:37 PM »
Not sure I'm ready to give up my secret salt just yet. Maybe tomorrow. ;)

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Craig

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2013, 08:50:46 PM »
I bought some Pink Himalayan salt at work and havn't looked back. Its my favorite.

SmoothSmoke

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2013, 09:13:49 PM »
Low salt for me. :(

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Jaronimo

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2013, 04:22:43 AM »
Not sure I'm ready to give up my secret salt just yet. Maybe tomorrow. ;)

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Well, we are waiting...
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Tim in PA

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2013, 07:13:53 AM »
Ghost Pepper Salt!!!



That stuff is soooo good!

I don't use it all the time though. My salt grinder has sea salt in it. Which reminds me, I need new ones. Both my salt/pepper grinders grind great but they leave a mess where ever you put them down at. I need ones that dispense out the top.
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jacoblee

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2013, 07:40:22 AM »
I have a great finishing salt I love it is a flur de sal with black truffles. It runs $29 for a small jar. Its really a luxury.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/m/products/truffle-and-salt/

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Bman

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Re: Lets talk basics, Salt-Pepper
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2013, 08:46:53 AM »
It runs $29 for a small jar.

For salt?  :o :o :o
Guess I'll never know what I'm missin'  lol
I've always had gas...  And now a bunch of kettles because of this place.  Thanks!