What is Kosher Salt?

Back in the day when I was a Foodie newbie, I would only salt my food (cooking and ready to eat) with table salt. I found that many times my food was over salted… why? Well it’s all about learning to salt properly (with table salt or Kosher salt). Ready to eat foods are best seasoned with the table variety (but go easy on the shaker). As for the Kosher salt, this works amazingly with meat preparations and pre-cooking seasoning. Here is a little bio on Kosher salt, what it is, where and when to use it and such.

Kosher salt is best in cooking, at Love Love Food

What is Kosher salt?
This salt is a coarse-grained that chefs (and foodies) like because it’s easier to handle than ordinary table salt, and it adheres to food products better, too. And since salt is one of the most important in your seasoning arsenal of cooking, Kosher salt is definitely your best friend.

Taste difference of Kosher Salt VS Table Salt?
In table salt (which contains Iodine) you can taste a slightly metallic flavor to it, but Kosher salt is free of additives, so it has a cleaner, lighter taste.

Kosher Salt Equivalences:
In most cases, if you’re substituting table salt in a recipe that calls for Kosher salt, you should use half the amount of table salt as the recipe calls for. For instance, if a recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, use 1 tablespoon of table salt instead. If you’re converting the other way, use double the amount of Kosher salt as table salt.

Kosher Salt Consistency:
While Kosher salt is much more coarse than table salt overall, there is a bit of variation in crystal size among these salts. After using a one brand for a while, you will probably start to develop a feel for how much salt you’re using. Note: if you switch brands, you might need to re-examine the quantities used as there are different levels of “saltiness” from one to another.

Kosher Salt in Baking:
Keep in mind, that because Kosher salt doesn’t always dissolve as easily as table salt, Kosher salt isn’t always the best choice for baking. I find that if you reduce the amount required by a little (by about ¼) it resolves this problem.

Using Kosher Salt:
When I boil water for vegetables, pasta or potatoes, I always salt the water generously. Not only does it add flavor …

Passion for food

With 2013 upon us now, we start this new year with lists and lists of resolutions; losing weight, eating better and such. Here at Love Love Food we’re all about GOOD food. Not diet food, but food that is of excellent quality and that you can actually read and understand each ingredient on the label.

Love Love Food Cornwall, Ontario Gourmet Food Preserves and Gift

Our goal for this year will be just that: GOOD food! As the year goes by we will be bringing you tons of amazing new products. From dips, sauces and snack foods! As always, we welcome suggestions from you our foodie friends. Simply use the contact us tab.

Last year we brought you some excellent pasta sauces from Italy, great tasting and all natural… just last week a customer came into the shop looking for something different to jazz up a pizza, we quickly heard back a few days later that our sauce was a big hit! Then we have our bread dippers, yes these are amazing mixed-in with some olive oil… but adding a few teaspoons to some potatoes or vegetable before roasting them is a great way to switch-up these dishes. Then who can forget all of our gourmet preserves (did you know that we now have over 23 different varieties:):  From cheese, meats and for some of you on a peanut butter sandwich (yes, with our Rubies & Diamonds Hot Pepper Jelly), the possibilities are endless for the Love Love Food Preserves.

You should always up for a new food challenge, don’t be afraid to try something new with your food preparations… you’d be surprised and how some of these pairings can taste out-of-this-word! Also, don’t forget to try things again… you might of not liked cilantro when you were a kid, but taste change with age (I’m living proof of this).

We look forward to posting more about food tips, recipes and tricks in 2013

Happy Foodie New Year!…

What to eat it with?

We’re often asked what is a good pairing for our gourmet jellies and jams. Here is a list of most of our products with their foodie cousins.

It’s not current, so Fig it Jelly
Pairs well with: Roquefort, Stilton, Pecorino Romano, Emmental, Tomme, Camembert, Cheddar, pork and cured sausage

Chardonnay Moi Jelly?
Pairs well with: Ricotta, Valency, Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Brie, Camembert, Mild Cheddar, Gruyere, Gouda, Manchego, Provolone, chicken and pork

The Champagne of all Jellies
Pairs well with: Cheddar, Iberico, Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Robiola Rosa, Brie, Camembert, Chevre and veal

Vanillalicious Rhubarb Jam
Pairs well with: Ricotta, Valency, Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Tallegio, Camembert and Boursin (also perfect for muffins or as a delicious topping for pancakes)

Seriously, this is Cabernet Sauvignon Jelly
Pairs well with: Brie, Camembert, Vermont Cheddar, Blue Mauri, Gorgonzola, Maytag Blue, Cumin Gouda, beef, wild meats

Ginger, Pear is my Jelly
Pairs well with: sharp cheddar, pork, cured sausage and cream cheese.

Rubies and Diamonds Hot Pepper Jelly
Pairs well with: cream cheese, brie, pork tenderloin and most mild cheeses.

24 Carrot Chutney
Pairs well with: Iberico, Cream Cheese, Mascarpone, Feta, Mild Cheddar, Kashkaval, Pecorino, Bra Tenero, Duro Piave, Camembert, Boursin, Italian sausage and pork roast

I’m Blue for you Hot Pepper Jelly
Pairs well with: Brie, Camembert, Vermont Cheddar and wild meats

Hold-on to your Bonnet Jelly
Pairs well with: brie, old cheddar and buffalo

Cranbertastic Apple Sauce
Pairs well with: turkey, pork and soft mild cheeses

Maplelicious Cranberry Sauce
Pairs well with: turkey, turkey and more turkey… but also great as a topping on a baked brie.

German Plum Jam
Pairs well with: toasts, croissants, brie, mild cheddar and pork

Raspberry Ice Wine Jam
Pairs well with: anything… seriously 🙂

Japanese Plum Jam
Pairs well with: sharp cheddar, pork, cured sausage and cream cheese

Sweet Cheeks Pepper Jelly
Pairs well with: cheddar, pork, chicken and brie

Jalapenowhat Pepper Jelly
Pairs well with: cream cheese, brie, pork tenderloin and most mild cheeses.…