Judicious use of various types of salt in recipes can produce big flavor results in a number of surprising ways.
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Grains of SaltFor thousands of years, salt has been prized for its preservative and flavor-enhancing qualities. Dare to go beyond a quick sprinkle of table salt over dinner with these creative uses for an ancient seasoning.
Salt-Crusted Herbed Cornish HenThe secret to this moist and tender bird is rubbing it with a kosher salt and water mixture that forms a hard crust during baking and is chipped off before serving.
Rock Salt-Roasted PotatoesRoasting potatoes in a bed of coarse food-grade rock salt produces evenly-cooked potatoes with soft flesh and firm skin.
Twisted Fennel and Coarse Salt BreadsticksThere's a little bit of salt in the bread dough, but the real flavor comes from the fennel and kosher salt mixture that's sprinkled on the breadsticks before baking.
Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered TurtlesSprinkle chocolate-caramel pecan candies with smoked sea salt for an amazing salty-sweet experience.
Dilled Green BeansA mixture of vinegar, water and pickling salt is the key to the canning process for fresh veggies. This is an easy way to make the most of your garden's bounty.
Gouda Garlic PopcornWhat's a bowl of popcorn without the salt, right? For even more flavor, use garlic salt and toss in some gouda cheese. Yum.
Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb GravyBrining is a process in which you soak meat in a mixture of salt water overnight to tenderize it and add both moisture and flavor.