Salt of the Earth


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.

11 thoughts on “Salt of the Earth

    1. You don’t use salt for taste reasons or for health issues? I’m no doctor but I think salt is an important component in a healthy body. I’ve always objected to those on a no salt diet. The problem is all the hidden salts in foods, foods you don’t even suspect of having a lot of hidden salt do. That’s why I rarely buy any frozen foods and prepare 99% of what we cook so I can control the salt and other ingredients.

      1. Taste reasons. My taste buds are different than most and I find salt on certain foods make the food taste bitter. Good restaurants don’t put salt on the table.

  1. From Earth Image

    Same observations for my household salt history over 70 years.

    I have long argued with the many cooks in my family that sodium-chloride is the same, regardless of crystal size, and that dissolved saltiness is all based on the weight of the sale added to the recipe, and that already in the ingredients. They all differ with me in that opinion.

    Your comments and those of the Morton rep. would be of great interest.

    1. What I can’t remember is WHEN kosher salt, coarse or not, came into our everyday cooking vernacular. Ina Garten maybe? She has used it forever. Now it seems it’s the default.

      I was impressed with Morton’s customer service department. Efficient. Polite. Concerned. Helpful. Can’t ask for anything more from a customer service department. Other companies could take a few lessons. I will do a follow up when I hear the results of the test.

  2. Earth Image on Zuckerburg-
    The 42 Senators involved all participating virtually all made this about themselves and not the much more important issues for the future of the cyber platform.

    I had visions all night of how Z could have shaded them, from pulling out a hoodie to calling out our very long history of government black-ops in other nations sovereign affairs. My dream ended with Z mooning Grassley to close the hearing.

    If social media is a platform for delivery of advertising, the whole purpose of advertising from the beginning has been to manipulate the needs vs. wants process. How could issues-organizations and political candidates not seek to take advantage by underhanded means reaching 2 Billion people?

    I found the whole 5 hours to be a waste of everyone’s time. Blumenthal posted his 2 minutes of fame on FB, of course. Few Senators came off well in this affair. The presidential candidate among them got their publicity. Cruz, Harris & Booker were outstanding, but not in a useful way, other than to their campaign narratives.

    1. The entire circus that is calling people to testify, anyone, is so ludicrous it’s laughable. You are 1000% correct that it’s always about any given senator’s fifteen minutes of soundbite fame. Me, I’d refuse to testify and tell them, make me.

  3. What I know about salt- Morton and Diamond kosher salts aren’t interchangeable in recipes. I used up my last box of Morton’s on icy steps a month or so back. The supermarket sells small canisters of Morton’s sea salt in both fine and coarse crystals.
    The next time I go shopping, I’ll get a box of Morton’s kosher salt and will report.
    I use salt sparingly only because I don’t like too much salt.

  4. I love salt! It makes pretty much everything taste better to me. Roasted veggies with olive oil and sea salt. Yum. Just about the only thing I don’t put salt on is fish.
    Trader Joe’s Sea Salt in the grinder is my favorite.
    Maybe my taste buds are shot but gimme my salt.

  5. Hmm. I almost always buy Morton’s – the usual kind. But it has seemed to me that the usual salt is finer – more powdery even. It’s not a problem, just an observation. I also have some regular kosher and sea salt. Probably for a recipe – most of the time I forget I have them.
    I might have to try the coarse grind and see how it goes.
    What I would like to find is coarsely ground black pepper – kind of like the kind you find in restaurants – where you can clearly see each grain as it hits your fried egg.

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