With so many choices in the market, how do you know which salt is best for your recipe? Some work best in baking, others in cooking, and others for finishing the dish. Despite claims that some salts are healthier than others, it’s important to note that their actual sodium content is nearly identical. One teaspoon of any kind of table salt contains approximately 2,300 mg sodium. (If you’re looking to reduce your sodium intake, try these tips). But while all salts are technically the same, chemically speaking, they’re not all equal. Find out which salts work best for your favorite recipes.
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This is the finely ground white stuff in the cardboard cylinder that you probably always have on hand, and that fills your salt shaker. Typically, iodine is added, but noniodized salt is easy to find in supermarkets. Table salt comes from underground deposits that are dissolved in water, treated, and then evaporated and refined. It’s best used in baking because the fine granules dissolve quickly and can be measured accurately.