What is Kosher Salt?


I came across a recipe recently which called for “kosher salt”. I’ve seen it specified in American recipes many times before but never knew what it meant. Kosher salt is simply what Europeans would call “rock salt” or “coarse salt”. Think “Maldon”. The salt itself does not conform to Jewish food laws, but it is used to make meat “kosher”. Kosher law specifies that all blood must be removed from meat before eating and salt is used to draw out the blood. Because the salt is coarse-grained, it does not dissolve as readily and therefore stays on the meat longer. Kosher salt does not usually contain anti-caking agents or other additives.


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