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July 2, 2011

The Difference Between Sea Salt & Kosher Salt

Have you ever wondered about the difference between kosher salt and sea salt?


Well, I'm here to put in my two cents:)

I use both in my house; kosher salt for cooking with and sea salt for baking with.  Plain table salt, I haven't picked up in a long while, it just tastes flat to me compared to kosher and sea salt.

Kosher salt is courser than sea salt.  I find it really brings out the flavors in food, especially when I roast vegetables.  Plus the coarseness of it makes it super easy for pinching, I have a little ceramic bowl of it on the counter top ready to go at all times.

Side by side, the sea salt is a little finer than the kosher salt........

The main differences between kosher and sea salt are:
  • kosher salt comes with no additives and sea salt has additives for nutrition.
  • kosher salt is unrefined and sea salt is refined.
  • kosher salt can be called pure sodium chloride and sea salt can't because of its additives.
  • kosher salt has a larger surface area and larger crystals compared to sea salt.
  • kosher salt has a flat shape and sea salt has sharper edges.
  • because of kosher salt's large crystals, which help to draw out moisture from meat and other foods more so than other salts, it's useful in preserving.
  • BONUS: kosher salt is great for rimming your margarita glass!

What type of salt do you cook/bake/BBQ/brine with?

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to leave a comment, I love to hear from you!. Have a fantastic day!

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~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I use kosher salt because I also thought it had a better taste, but I have to admit that I didn't really know the difference it and sea salt and now I do--THANKS for that, because I have a feeling I'm not the only one that asks what the difference is.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

Prairie Rose said...

This is so funny, because I use both sea and kosher salt as well.
My Mum uses all sea salt (just what she likes and I aint gonna argue;)
I love the courseness of the kosher salt but sometimes sea salt is better for some dishes,like you said.
I also love your little dishes that are holding your salt, so pretty!
Have a great weekend and a Happy Fourth!

TexWisGirl said...

loved the last little tip! ha!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I like to use sea salt on roasted veggies w/ olive oil and pepper :-)

ann said...

Thanks for the difference
You have a safe 4th of July

Maureen said...

Kosher salt isnt available in our grocery stores so I've been using sea salt flakes - but.. I have just ordered 5 pounds of kosher salt from the USA food store.

Now I can use both!

Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

@Maureen, that's great and 5 pounds should last you a while:)

k. said...

I like coarse salt too, so I use all natural rock salt in a salt grinder. I can adjust the grinder if I happen to want finer crystals.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

I never really knew the difference until now. Huh. I guess I was using it properly and didn't even know it. I use the kosher with my canning and sea salt for my chocolate covered bacon.

Always a good day when you learn something new! Thanks! ;)

Deb said...

You should try HimalaSalt pink salt from Sustainable Sourcing (here's their website: ). Their salt is organic, kosher, and NON-GMO!!! Plus they have their own facility, so none of that nasty cross-contamination in case you're on a gluten-free diet! I love it!!! Thanks for an outstanding post.

Anonymous said...

Stumbled upon this blog, thanks for clarifying the difference for me.

Hilarious that someone was actually excited about organic/non-GMO salt, as if salt was a living organism.