# 2 - HOW TO BEGIN "SCD" > EAT THIS ROCK


Kay’s Note: Only salt with no corn starch added is SCD legal. My favorite for general cooking is Kosher Salt. Even healthy individuals should use salt in moderation. If you tend to retain fluids, restrict salt even more. Salt substitutes are not allowed on SCD because of illegal additives.

 

. . . salt can make anything taste better, by making it taste more like itself, whether you’re talking about watermelons or chocolate. Now four out of five scientists agree that this is due to salt’s ability to electrically turn the volume up on our taste buds.

 

. . . salt is an essential nutrient. It provides the ying to water’s yang, thus maintaining our moisture levels. Without salt, a three block walk in summertime would probably kill you.

 

If we’re going to talk texture, we’ll have to talk about shape. And to talk about shape, we really need to employ the X19.3 Laser Scope. Pretty sweet, huh? Lights! Laser scope!

Excellent!

 

Table Salt

Behold table salt. Small, uniform, hard cubes. Think of it as, well, in the precipitation world this would be sleet.

 

Fleur de Sel

Now let’s compare that to Fleur de Sel. A naturally evaporated sea salt harvested from the coast of France. Notice the open architecture, the lightness, the irregularity. They are essentially snowflakes.

 

Kosher Salt & Table Salt

What unifies all of them is that they are generally flat, which means that they will stick to the side of meat and slowly dissolve. That means they’re good for pulling juices out of meat and that is what defines them as

“kosher” or “koshering” salt.

 

Pickling Salt

Composed of tiny, tiny, little, uniform cubes that are smaller than table salt, and also don’t have any additives, which I like. Since the cubes are so

small they dissolve very easily in cold water so they’re great for building brines, and pickle bases. They also stick very well to things like French fries, popcorn, and the occasional slug.

 

. . . did you know that when it comes to sayings and superstitions, no food can touch salt? For instance, in Japan, when a braggart needs to be humbled, they say, “his greens need to be salted”. To be “untrue to salt” in Iran means to break a promise. And the old saying, “he’s not worth his salt” comes from the days when Roman soldiers were paid a “salary” just for buying salt. Why, I can remember when I was a kid, and somebody that didn’t have any practical sense would, you know, talk to my grandmom, and she would turn and say “Somebody forgot to salt the popcorn”. I never understood that. But I like it. Back in the

Dark Ages, people thought that spilling something as pure and sacred as salt might bring on demonic attack from behind. The only cure was supposedly to take some salt and throw it over your shoulder. J

 

SALT TRIVIA:

 

* There is enough salt in the ocean to cover the continents 500 feet deep.

* Up until the 16th century it wasn't uncommon for convicted criminals to be sentenced to live sentences in European salt mines.

* One of the most secure storage facilities is in a hollowed out salt deposit 650 feet under Hutchinson, Kansas. Supposedly even the original negative of "Gone With The Wind" is there.

* In the 1920's iodine was added to American table salt to help prevent

hypothyroidism, which was near epidemic levels at the time. Today, it's nearly nonexistent.

* During the Renaissance salt storage boxes or "cellars", crafted for wealthy tables, we often fashioned from gold and jewels.

* 75% of the sodium we consume is in the form of processed foods. Food for thought... no?

* England towns that were once salt centers have wich in their names (Norwich, Greenwich). In Germany and Austria, salz or hall are used.

* The Chinese were pumping brine from wells before the time of Christ. They even devised bamboo pipelines to transport it to the boiling facility.

* Many American frontiersmen, including Daniel Boone, were taught how to make salt by Native Americans.

* Some of the first American ad campaigns were for the many salt companies that popped up at the close of the 19th century.

* During the Middle Ages salt was used as a symbol of purity not only because it could preserve things, but because it was often the whitest thing around.

* Number of crystals in a pound of table salt: 5,370,000. Number of crystals in a pound of kosher salt: 1,370,000...give or take a crystal or two. (Be sure to adjust the amount of salt in your recipes, depending on the type of salt used.)

* Some of the oldest roads still in use in Europe and Africa were originally built to move salt.

* The majority of salt produced in the United States is used to keep winter roads icefree.

 

Taken from: http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season7/Salt/salt.htm