Mortons versus Diamond Crystal- am I nuts?
I have always picked up Morton's Kosher salt. I keep it in a wide mouthed jar and either scatter out of the jar or take some pinches. I love the texture. I was almost out and the store I was at only had Diamond Crystal. I opened it today and I would swear it was almost as fine as table salt! Am I nuts? I had none of the Morton's left to compare.
No, you aren't crazy, the brands have different coarseness and you have to adjust amounts in recipes to compensate.
DC kosher salt is flakier and can indeed seem insubstantial compared to Morton's, but I find it's still coarse enough to grab by the pinch. I guess it just comes down to personal preference. Advantges of DC: no added anti-caking agents, quicker dissolve time, better ability to adhere when sprinkled on something like a roast. Since it's flakier, it's less "salty" by volume. Formulas often go something like:
1 cup table salt=1.5 cups Mortons=2 cups DC.
Note the easier math with the DC.
Diamond Crystal is the benchmark for most US recipes, not Mortons (basically, unless Mortons is specified, assume DC is called for). If you are using Mortons, you need to use less.
2 units DC kosher is equivalent to 1 unit table salt.
1.5 units Mortons kosher is equivalent to 1 unit table salt.
I think DC is generally thought to be superior to Mortons, not least because it is a "flake" salt, with its crystal shape makes it "stickier." I costs more to make because, if I understand correctly, it is boiled in small pans of some sort, which is what gives it that shape.
Note that DC also makes some granulated salt products like Mortons, but they are known for their flaked salt. They're owned by Cargill these days BTW.
I am able to find DC kosher salt easily in Western NC where I live, but can't seem to find the table salt, so I have to stock up on that at one of my favorite Asian markets in Atlanta when I'm there.
Interesting - I've always used Morton's salt, and Slate Magazine's taste test shows Morton's superior to DC....unless we're talking about a different DC salt? (They used DC iodized and Morton's Kosher in the taste test).
I see that DC has a kosher salt - is this the one the OP was talking about? http://www.diamondcrystalsalt.com/Cul...