I bet 100% of us grew up in households that used regular old Morton Table Salt. I did. The iconic blue container. The girl with the umbrella. It’s what we did.
Then, somewhere about the time when Olive Oil became Extra Virgin, salt became Kosher Salt, Sea Salt, Pink Salt…anything except the regular blue Morton Iodized salt.
I use Morton’s Coarse Kosher salt myself because I like the large grains and how it salts foods without oversalting.
The box of Morton Coarse Salt I bought a few weeks ago didn’t particularly seem coarse. The grains were much more fine. Not as fine as table salt, but not what I was used to. So while out yesterday, I bought a second box and it too seemed much more fine than normal. I wanted to see if the box I bought a few weeks ago was a one-off anomaly and I couldn’t do that without another box to compare it to. It too was finer than I was used to.
So I called Morton. Much to my very pleasant superpose, a real person answered the phone without the litany of Press One Now.
I asked her if Morton had changed the recipe for the coarse salt, if they were making it more fine. No, she said, no changes. I explained it WAS different so she asked me to send her a sample. Morton is mailing me a prepaid box with a ziploc bag in which she wants me to put a good quarter of the box. No problem. I told her I had two boxes, did she want me to send two separate samples. No, only one box. The boxes had two different codes on them and she explained that’s because they were made in different plants but she only wanted the box with a certain code to be mailed to her. Not sure why. You’d think she’d want both, right?
She added she’d send me coupons for two free boxes of the salt and I said that if the salt was indeed changed to a new consistency that I didn’t like, I would switch to a different brand. But honestly, no other brand makes coarse kosher salt as well as Morton.
I’m not a fan of sea salt for every day cooking and while I do keep a container of good pink sea salt around, and have another good sea salt, I rarely dig it out.
Speaking of salt and things tasting good, the steaks we had last night from Fleishers were beyond perfect. Melt in your mouth tender. Like buttah. We cooked both on the BBQ but shared one and even that, it was too much to consume. Lots of leftover today for a steak sandwich or steak atop a salad.
Sunshine today. Lilac starting to bud. Leaf blowing peeps out all over the place.
Happy Hump Day. Lastly, anyone watching Zuckerberg testify? I’m not. No way. I did see a few minutes of coverage when Senator Booker demanded Facebook be more racially diverse. Irony: the funny-as-hell black women pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk were deemed Unsafe by Facebook. So I guess by Booker asking for more racial diversity, he really meant Liberal Racial Diversity. Ha.