Kosher Salt – What is it?

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Kosher SaltKosher salt by definition is no different from ordinary table salt from a kosher standpoint. The difference lies in the fact that kosher salt, unlike regular table salt, does not have any additives except for a free-flowing agent such as sodium ferrocyanide.

Kosher salt has larger grains than ordinary table salt and as such must be measured differently.

Because the grains in Kosher salt are larger than that of table salt, it occupies more space but is equal in weight.

For this reason, it requires twice the kosher salt to equal the same weight of table salt.

To make it real simple.. use the following conversions:

1 TBS of Table Salt = 2 TBS of Kosher Salt

If a recipe calls for 2 TBS of Kosher salt and all you have is regular table salt, you would use 1 TBS of regular table salt.

There are some issues with the kosher salt that you need to know..

It is not used in baking normally due to the fact that it does not dissolve as well unless there is ample liquid to facilitate it.

It works extremely well in brines for brining meat and in rubs due to its courser texture.


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  1. scott says

    " Because the grains in Kosher salt are larger than that of table salt, it occupies more space but is equal in weight.."

    I'm confused.  The above satetment is repeated evrywhere on the web and on cooking shows.  I'm coming from a background in soil science.  Soils with larger grains (sand) have less porosity than smaller grained soils (clays).   I don't understand why the same concept doesn't apply to salt.

    • BnB says

      It’s a confusing statement, but what I think it should mean is that you want to use the equivalent weight of table or Kosher salt; it’s the weight that matters. In order to get the same Kosher salt weight as table salt, the idea is that you need to double the volume due to the less efficient packing of the larger grains.

      However, I just saw a table from Morton’s that says otherwise, which surprised me. (Note: different brands have different sized grains, so in theory, the conversion should depend on brand.) So I measured the weight of 3 Tb of Morton Kosher salt: 1-7/8 oz. I then measured 3 Tb of Morton’s sea salt: 1-7/8 oz. Just like Morton’s table says. (I didn’t try to shake the TB and pack them all in; i just poured or scooped like a normal cook would do.)

      When you’re talking a cup or more, Morton’s makes some adjustments, but not in the “spoons” range.

      Here’s a url to their table: http://www.mortonsalt.com/for-your-home/culinary-salts/salt-conversion-chart

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