There are two different types of salt. One is the common table salt and the other is the sea salt. Although both are used for food preparation, they are processed differently. Because there is no real difference between coarse salt and sea salt, they are often confused with each other. Here is a brief description of each type of salt.
Sea salt is the salt obtained from sea water and it is the saltiest of all the coarse salt available. Because chemically, there is no significant difference between sea salts that are known as kosher salt obtained from salt mines underground. Table salt on the other hand is Sodium chloride obtained from sea salt and refined to remove impurities. Because table salt tends to be coarse and absorbs a lot of moisture, a small amount of sea salt goes a long way in giving your food its typical flavor. Sea salt’s texture is often referred to as “sea salt” while kosher salt is more coarsely processed and is smoother in texture.
Salt is evaporated from water molecules as a result of its chemical properties. Evaporating salt takes place when water molecules are heated and the salt content in them is changed into gas. In the same way, sea salt takes place when water molecules are mixed with air and the salt content in them is changed into gas. The process of evaporation is the source of the characteristic odor of sea salt.
Natural salt can be extracted from salt mines, as well as other salt formations. The salt crystals are collected during the evaporation process and taken to refineries where they undergo further processing and refinement before being made available to consumers. While natural salt tends to be on the pricey side, it is much cheaper than table salt, and it is also healthier for you. Table salt on the other hand, has many unhealthy ingredients which may eventually cause health problems.
Many people are not aware that sea or ocean salts are considered unclean by Jewish dietary laws. Because the Dead Sea salt mines are so deep, they contain high amounts of radioactive minerals which can be harmful to humans if ingested. There are even reports of fatal diseases occurring in those who have ingested radioactive sea salt. So, it is best to avoid sea salt completely. However, sea salt can still be used as table salt or an alternative for those who do eat kosher salt.
Natural sea salt can be separated into two categories: dry flakes and wet flakes. Dry flakes are extracted from the seawater using sophisticated machinery while wet flakes occur naturally when water evaporates from the sea salt. Both types have their own characteristics which make them better for use as food or supplements.
Although sea salt makes a fine salt, pickling salt makes a very salty one. The salt creates an intense flavor in the food or drink. The salt helps preserve the food or drink for a longer time without spoiling it. It is also known to enhance the flavor of certain foods such as meat and cheese. There are a lot of people who prefer pickling salt over table salt because it is more flavorful and more nutritious.
Salt is essential for sustaining the physical and spiritual health of the human body. It is important to choose kosher salt which has the highest quality of minerals and is the purest form of salt available. Evaporated sea salt can sometimes be confused with sea salt because both have the same characteristics which make them both ideal for salt-dietary use. Evaporated sea salt has a very mild and smooth flavor and it is suitable for cooking. Sea salt contains trace minerals and other essential nutrients that help keep the body healthy. Sea salt evaporation is more environmentally friendly than traditional salt production, thus it is more cost effective.