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garfish Sep 1, 2008 08:17 PM

I have two that come to mind off hand:

1. I love to sip Worcestershire sauce. My mom really worried about that.
2. Every now and then I get a craving for a very salty glass of tomato juice.

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    jaymor Sep 1, 2008 08:54 PM

    i put maggi on almost everything except croissants

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      mpalmer6c Sep 1, 2008 08:54 PM

      Mom can relax. L&P is low in sodium. About 65mg per teaspoon compared to 2,400mg RDA.

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        garfish Sep 3, 2008 10:51 PM

        Hey...I'm not going to tell you you're wrong...but salt is pretty high up on the Worchestershire ingredient list...I'm just a home cook. Feel free to educate.

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          mpalmer6c Sep 3, 2008 11:45 PM

          Whazzat? Salt is seventh on the ingredient list. The figures I provided are correct.

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            Ruth Lafler Sep 4, 2008 10:18 AM

            Salt isn't the only ingredient in Worcestershire sauce that contains sodium. 65 mg per *teaspoon* is a fair amount (nothing like the sodium content of soy sauce, though). That would be 3120 mg per cup or 1300 mg per 100 grams, which is much higher than most foods people consider high sodium. But of course, no one drinks a cup of Worcestershire sauce -- everything in moderation. Besides, sodium isn't inherently evil. A moderate amount of sodium is necessary, and higher amounts of sodium are really only unhealthy for the relatively small number of people who have sodium-sensitive hypertension.

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              Scargod Sep 5, 2008 11:12 AM

              I remember the '70's and the Green Valley Raceway's Sunburn Classic (SCCA roadraces), near Dallas, where anyone with a dark colored suit had salt stains from sweating.
              If you sweat a lot you have to take salt tablets, along with all the water!

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          Agent Orange Sep 1, 2008 11:30 PM

          Oh yes. Worcestershire sauce. I often grab the bottle of Lea and Perrins out of the fridge, twist off the cab, throw my had back and let that luscious elixir dance across my tongue. That had (has) my mom worried as well.

          As a kid, before discovering *good* olives, I would often request a jar of green olives with pimentos from the grocery store. The jar would be half empty within 15 minutes of coming out of the grocery store bag. I was the same way with hamburger dill pickles. Now I enjoy my fresh kalamatas and noiçoises with just as much elation as the jarred olives of my youth.

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            cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:03 PM

            When I was in 4th-5th grade or so, my best friend and I used to put our penny candy money together and buy a jar of green olives from the corner grocery store where her mother worked. We'd eat the whole jarful then drink the juice for good measure. I can still down my share of green olives (love them on pizza), but I save the juice for dirty martinis. Now kalamatas are probably my fave.

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            foreignmuck Sep 2, 2008 02:59 AM

            I'm a total salt freak. (i did have my blood pressure checked the other day and it was OK thank god)

            i'll eat anchovies out of the can, on their own.

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              Peg Sep 2, 2008 11:17 AM

              Anchovies - my favourite.I just bagged 4 cans of smoked anchovies while on a weekend break (they don't have them in my local supermarket, and so they made an excellent holiday souvenir). I love anchovy and cold butter sandwiches, Salted butter of course.

              And the liquid in canned salmon - a drink of the gods!

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                snackboy Sep 3, 2008 06:04 PM

                OMG....i'm actually snackboy's wife and he mocks me relentlessly for drinking the canned salmon liquid. I actually wait till he is out of the kitchen before I down it so there are no comments. I thought I was the only one!

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                  Bat Guano Sep 5, 2008 02:40 PM

                  'And the liquid in canned salmon - a drink of the gods!'

                  Yeah, my cats love it, too.

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                    Ruth Lafler Sep 5, 2008 04:36 PM

                    As does my dog!

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                      garfish Nov 9, 2008 09:16 PM

                      not as good as olive brine.

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                      Scargod Sep 5, 2008 03:58 PM

                      Can I have the bones? Lick the can?

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                      Cowprintrabbit Sep 2, 2008 11:40 PM

                      I have low blood pressure and have to indulge my salt cravings or I get dizzy when I stand :-)

                      Used to eat salt out of the shaker as a kid; had to stop buying peanutbutter because it's really not meant to be eaten by the 1/2 jarful. Why is such a good salt source so fattening? Pickles, olives (cracked Syrian, please!), soy sauce, potato chips - ecxuse me while I go raid the kitchen...

                    4. Passadumkeg Sep 2, 2008 04:31 AM

                      pinto beans, pop corn, radishes

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                        goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2008 05:55 PM

                        PDK - radishes? may i assume you mean you like to salt them before eating? because they're certainly not salty on their own...

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                          Passadumkeg Sep 5, 2008 02:54 AM

                          Yes, all three items are ones that I salt, plus, of course, tomatoes and corn on the cob. My real, slat fix, however, may be filling a cheek with David's sunflower seeds and spit shoot out the husks as I hike. With Hatch chile on the boards, I"ll take aroasted Hatch chile, put garlic salt on it an use the chile as the secret ingredient in a turkey and garden tomato sandwich or a burger. Kosher salt crusted salmon steaks ain't too shabby either or w/ steak au poivre. gotta go make some Hatch scrambled eggs w/ salt.

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                          tmso Sep 5, 2008 05:48 AM

                          Oooh yeah, radishes and salt are heavenly. As are fresh favas ... shell them, simmer, drain, then to eat, take a fava out of its shell, dip in salt, repeat. You dip lightly, but still...

                        3. Scargod Sep 2, 2008 06:05 AM

                          Popcorn. SO can't hardly stand to eat any of it if I have my way. Olives, fresh tomatoes w. salt. Sea salt and vinegar potato chips. Yes, I too like to pour the pickle juice on potato salad and use it in lieu of other vinegar in a salad. Furry fish on pizza and Caesar salad. Soy sauce on rice. Salt from the rim of a margarita.
                          Oh Lord, I am realizing I have a salt addiction.

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                            cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:08 PM

                            Yes, I am definitely a salt freak as well. Forget the sugar. Dill pickle juice makes a great addition to a bloody mary. A margarita isn't a margarita without salt on the rim. When I was about 15 I was in Canada on vacation and tasted salt and vinegar potato chips for the first time. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Now that you can buy them everywhere, they are one of my guilty pleasures.

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                            patz Sep 2, 2008 07:29 AM

                            my SO loves eating just plain salt - he doesn't do it a lot, and it's always just a little lick, but i think it's disgusting! it's not just regular table salt, only "special" salt - we have applewood smoked salt, salt mixed with pepper, and other specialty salts he buys from our salt man at the market

                            1. TongoRad Sep 2, 2008 07:42 AM

                              I love all of this stuff- I suppose I'm truly a salt freak because I wouldn't consider most of it on the 'fetishist' level. That term I would reserve for a great salt bagel- those things should inflict actual pain, both from a flavor perspective and from a physical one (they tend to scrape the insides of your mouth. The memorable ones have so much salt topping that you can't even see the bagel through it all; it's one of the things that I get pretty hardcore about. I'm either in for the whole experience or none at all, and wind up eating another type of bagel if the salts don't look too good.

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                                goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2008 05:57 PM

                                oh man, Tongo, your post now has me craving a truly great salt bagel...with a generous schmear of really good cream cheese.

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                                Goldendog Sep 2, 2008 08:00 AM

                                Half my fridge is taken up with jars of anything pickled... various olives, pickles, artichokes, dilled asparagus, 5 different jars of peppers, but the one that I never let get too low is the 1/2 gallon jar of pickled bologna. It was the daily snack of my parents when I was growing up and now at 51 I have a chunk daily. (here in mid-Michigan we have some sausage companies that make Fabulous pickled bologna and red hots) When I travel I always carry a few of the little single serve pickled sausages from your typical gas station/7-11.

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                                  ChrisOC Sep 2, 2008 08:15 AM

                                  Pickled sausage!!
                                  Does that bring back memories. I haven't seen that in years. I used to keep a big jar of pickled polish sausage in the fridge. Oh man now I have to go on a search!

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                                  lexpatti Sep 2, 2008 11:28 AM

                                  Original Lays Potato Chips - yahhhh, bring on the salt. And with that, salt rimmed margarita.

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                                    bubbles4me Sep 2, 2008 11:34 AM

                                    Another salt freak here...used to bring sandwich baggies filled with Seasoned Salt to school with me and would dip and lick all day long. My favorites fixes now?? Too many but Olives, Chex Mix, Chips, Hickory Smoked Almonds are at the top of my slaty snack list.

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                                    torta basilica Sep 2, 2008 01:57 PM

                                    Maldon, Maldon & Maldon... and licking my fingers after I sprinkle Maldon on practically everything!!!

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                                      parleek Sep 2, 2008 05:30 PM

                                      I couldn't agree more. I only recently discovered this salt and can't believe how much better it is than ordinary table salt (or the other "fancy" salts I've tried).

                                    2. Veggo Sep 2, 2008 02:29 PM

                                      I salt ham. I eat raw tuna floating in soy sauce with wasabi. I wake up at 3 AM looking for a wrench and a fire hydrant. All worth it.

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                                        MrsT Sep 2, 2008 05:09 PM

                                        I'm not a big salt person but the the one thing I need salt on and lots of it is spinach. Spinach drenched in olive oil and salt....yummm

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                                          umbushi plum Apr 17, 2009 01:57 PM

                                          oh wow another person who does this! i don't like salt that much either but the one thing i always put heaps of it on is spinach except i don't put any oil just garlic and heaps of salt!

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                                          Soup Sep 2, 2008 05:18 PM

                                          Drinking ice cold pickled juice? A cold glass of pickle juice and a great hotdog, doesn't get any better.

                                          BTW, do you think we will ever embrace a drink/soda that is not sweet. Salty or vigerary drinks can be very refreshing and can be found it certain asian culture but the closest we get the gatoraid.

                                          Can't drink the stuff the bottle of good fish sauce can also be amazing on anything (much like hot sauce).

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                                            Vetter Sep 2, 2008 05:32 PM

                                            My salt fetish is fish sauce. I always want to ask for a second bowl of nuoc mam etc at Vietnamese places. I want my noodles and veggies swimming in it.

                                            I also think my passion for feta is all about the salt...

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                                              marielee Nov 9, 2008 11:40 PM

                                              Fish sauce is soooo good!

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                                                cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:11 PM

                                                Never thought about it before, but that would definitely explain why I like feta so much. Whenever I order a Greek salad, I always order extra feta (and extra olives).

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                                                rebs Sep 4, 2008 08:42 AM

                                                i'm also guilty of drinking the pickle juice, but i don't bother with pouring it in a glass. just straight out of the jar for me!

                                                others: salt & vinegar potato chips, bloody mary's, margaritas with a salted rim, lemon wedges dipped in salt.

                                                when i was a freshman in high school our science class went on a field trip to the science museum to see their "Gems" exhibit. on the way out of the exhibit they were giving out chunks of salt rocks. i licked that salt rock (it was about the size of a golf ball) like a deer on a salt-lick for 3 days. i can't believe i don't have high blood pressure.

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                                                  rebs Sep 5, 2008 07:50 AM

                                                  one more i just thought of.... sheets of dried seaweed

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                                                    goodhealthgourmet Sep 5, 2008 01:19 PM

                                                    how could i forget the seaweed?! i always keep a stash in the cabinet for snacking.

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                                                      Veggo Sep 5, 2008 03:15 PM

                                                      Nori, or the flotsam that washes ashore with the bubbles?

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                                                        Scargod Sep 5, 2008 04:00 PM

                                                        What shore are you referring to? I think of oil tar....

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                                                          goodhealthgourmet Sep 5, 2008 04:05 PM

                                                          toasted, salted nori sheets. a delicious, salty, crunchy umami snack. good for thyroid health too :)

                                                          i happen to like all seaweed - including "the flotsam that washes ashore" - but i reach for the toasted sheets to satisfy a salt craving.

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                                                      Jeanne Oct 9, 2008 12:23 PM

                                                      I love drinking dill pickle juice - but has to be Clausen's dill pickles.

                                                      Current salty vice - Lay's kettle cooked jalapeno potato chips

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                                                      MsDiPesto Oct 3, 2008 06:20 AM

                                                      Oh yes, the pickle juice cocktail is a wonderful thing!

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                                                        garfish Nov 21, 2008 09:07 AM

                                                        olive brine is better...just saying

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                                                        torty Sep 2, 2008 06:51 PM

                                                        On those days when nothing tastes right I keep adding a little fish sauce, then a little Maggi chicken powder, alternating till it is just right. I figure I drink alot of water and do not have high BP so if I like it, I use it.

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                                                          burlgurl Sep 2, 2008 07:23 PM

                                                          Love my salt!
                                                          The rim of a Ceasar (I drink it clockwise using the whole rim!)
                                                          Edamame with lots of sea salt
                                                          cup a soups
                                                          Chex mix
                                                          soft pretzels with salt..

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                                                            ajs42548 Sep 2, 2008 07:26 PM

                                                            I don't do any of these things anymore but when I as a kid I did these things right out of the cans, jars, bottles, (using a spoon)etc.: Peanut butter, Cocoa, mayonnaise, jelly. raw chopped meat. I know there were others but I can't remember all of them.

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                                                              rebs Sep 4, 2008 08:44 AM

                                                              i used to do that too with Nestle Quik when i was a kid. i actually had the can stashed behind the couch with a spoon and i would hide back there from time to time and eat spoonfuls of Quik. my mom was royally pissed when she found my stash.

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                                                                ajs42548 Sep 4, 2008 05:35 PM

                                                                My mom never found out, hehe

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                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2008 06:00 PM

                                                                  we did that with Quik too.

                                                                  in college it was canisters of hot cocoa mix and Tang.

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                                                              pepperqueen Sep 2, 2008 07:39 PM

                                                              I am a salt freak as well--absolutely could not live without it. We got lucky recently and found chardonnay smoked fleur de sel for $1 (retail between $19-25). Needless to say, we bought all they had (about 10 jars) and it is going fast. When I am craving something, it is salty, hot, crunchy. Luckily, blood pressure has always been low and I am not sure I could curb my salt use if it wasn't.

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                                                                eartha Sep 2, 2008 11:29 PM

                                                                A tablespoon of Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Anything dipped in Fish Sauce. Dill pickles. Green olives. Pickled bolonga. I've always had a preference for salty items over sweet.

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                                                                  foreignmuck Sep 3, 2008 02:35 AM

                                                                  bacon bacon bacon

                                                                  1. Boccone Dolce Sep 3, 2008 03:08 AM

                                                                    I am happy to dunk big chunks of watermelon into kosher salt.
                                                                    I am a sprinkler- most things get a sprinkle of salt (I like to crunch it between my fingers as it falls into the pan)
                                                                    Things get a sploosh of soy sauce and/or fish sauce and suddenly taste much better.
                                                                    But if someone dares to ask for salt before they taste what I cooked, I feel a crazy sense of rage. It passes quickly, and it seems to happen only if it's my mother-in-law asking for it. Hmmmmmmmmm

                                                                    1. Honeychan Sep 3, 2008 03:14 AM

                                                                      LOL, I do the Worchestershire sauce sipping too. In a adorable little old shotglass with a flying bird on it that reads "just a swallow" Don't ask my WHY I use that glass, but I do.

                                                                      My biggest salt fetish started at about age 15. I would take a beef boullion cube and slowly lick it, while watching TV. I'd lick away about half of it, before i'd toss it, or my Mom would scream at me to STOP DOING THAT! She would get a bit upset, and said I was really weird.

                                                                      The first time I did that in from of my husband, I thought he would pass out right there. He thought I was equally weird, and asked my Mom how I started that little routine. She was just as clueless to any answer. They would not believe I just liked the taste, and the salt!

                                                                      Lawrey's Seasoning salt would be licked from my hand, in a nice little pile, too. Messier than my beloved bullion cube, but still hits the spot when craved.

                                                                      I have to be careful when I do this all, I really hate getting lectured on why it's a gross/nasty/weird habit from my family.

                                                                      BTW, the blood pressure is fine for me. No worries there! *whew*

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                                                                        NinaS Sep 4, 2008 06:59 PM

                                                                        Honeychan, thank you thank you thank you! As I was reading this thread, I knew that I would divulge my dirty little secret....licking boullion cubes! I am relieved to find out that I'm not the only one! I used to just eat salt, then DH said one day "why not just lick a boullion cube?" He was joking, of course, but right then and there a light bulb went off over my head and I thought "ah! of course!"

                                                                        This revelation was about a year ago. My friends and family now think nothing of it. And believe it or not, I've continued to have low blood pressure.

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                                                                          lillydaisy Sep 11, 2008 07:45 PM

                                                                          I was a boullion cube licker as a child too! Loved it.
                                                                          Salt and vinegar chips until my mouth hurts.
                                                                          Salt on the rim of the margarita. A must!
                                                                          How about chocolate covered pretzels? That is the best of all worlds to me.

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                                                                            TampaAurora Oct 2, 2008 05:25 PM

                                                                            Licking bouillion scares me! I don't know why.
                                                                            My favs in order:
                                                                            Chocolate Covered Pretzels
                                                                            S&V Chips
                                                                            Salted Rim Margarita - this seems to be the one I have most often though.

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                                                                          cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:18 PM

                                                                          Lawrey's is good, but have you ever had a brand called Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt? I had to go get a lick of it just thinking about it. The salt crystals are quite large and it has a secret blend of "herbs and spices" and dehydrated onion and garlic. It's awesome on anything you would salt but want a little more flavor.

                                                                        3. LA Buckeye Fan Sep 3, 2008 06:36 PM

                                                                          I would heat up a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup and only add about 1/4 of the water the instructions called for. Canned soup just wasnt salty enough for me. I'd have to eat it with crushed Ruffle's potatoe chips floating on top.

                                                                          1. ElsieDee Sep 3, 2008 11:35 PM

                                                                            Top Ramen - cooked with very little water, seasoning packet (or two, if feeling extravagant) and then boiled / simmered until there's no liquid left and the noodles are all melty.

                                                                            Need several glasses of water for this one.

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                                                                              jennjen18 Oct 2, 2008 07:52 PM

                                                                              Yes, salty instant noodles are best. :) I think I'm just addicted to the MSG...

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                                                                              anavis Sep 4, 2008 09:05 AM

                                                                              It's so good to know that I'm not the only person who sips Worcestshire sauce! I also love spicy things, so I sometimes mix it with Tabasco sauce.
                                                                              I also love sauerkraut. Nothing beats some freshly made sauerkraut for a quick (and oddly refreshing) snack.

                                                                              1. Ruth Lafler Sep 4, 2008 10:00 AM

                                                                                Not Worcestershire sauce, but soy sauce. There's a family story about me taking a big swig out of a soy sauce bottle when I was about 2, bracing like someone who has just downed a shot of whisky, and then grinning and proclaiming "I LIKE soy soyce!"

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                                                                                  brendastarlet Sep 4, 2008 06:03 PM

                                                                                  For me, the best delivery agent for salt is plain white rice (these days, jasmine rice), steamed, and served with a little pat of butter and salt. I've discovered finely ground sea salt. I brought two containers back from Paris, and it's wonderful on rice.

                                                                                  I also enjoy plain, not flavored, nacho chips. I used to adore plain Doritos, which I don't think you can buy any more (the baked Tostitos are an abomination.) When I crave salt, I eat them with cottage cheese.

                                                                                2. goodhealthgourmet Sep 4, 2008 06:02 PM

                                                                                  i don't get salt cravings too often, but when i do there are definitely specific foods i need to eat to satisfy it:

                                                                                  bacon
                                                                                  popcorn
                                                                                  salt & vinegar potato chips
                                                                                  tamari sauce
                                                                                  sour pickles [Guss' or Ba-Tampte]
                                                                                  sauerkraut
                                                                                  pickled beets

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                                                                                    swsidejim Sep 5, 2008 06:06 AM

                                                                                    I typically use very little salt on most items, however I do like to eat rare roast beef, or some cold leftover rare prime steak in the morning with a salt skaker in one hand, and thin slices of the rare meat in the other, liberally sprinkling the salt on the tasty meat.... something about cold red beef, and salt that gets my taste buds popping.

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                                                                                      cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:22 PM

                                                                                      Oh yeah!! I love cold leftover steak sliced thin with salt. Sometimes I'll order a larger steak than I know I'm going to eat just so I can have leftovers.

                                                                                    2. Sam Fujisaka Sep 5, 2008 10:31 AM

                                                                                      Ume - one or two with hot gohan is a good meal.

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                                                                                        jscott65 Sep 5, 2008 11:00 AM

                                                                                        My mother always wondered where the little foil wrapped bullion cubes went.
                                                                                        And I love cold pickle juice right out of the jar. Salt and vinegar chips.
                                                                                        David's sunflower seeds on my 90 minute one way commute
                                                                                        anything with soy sauce

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                                                                                          Boccone Dolce Sep 9, 2008 04:27 PM

                                                                                          Ok I just can't imagine popping a bullion cube in my mouth and enjoying it. I tried to imagine it too- I would do it on a dare but I don't think I'd get through it without gagging. The only bullion I have are Cilantro flavored ones and maybe a 7 yr old jar of chicken- I actually use the better-than-bullion stuff. And I know I wouldn't spoon any of that up raw!

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                                                                                            Honeychan Sep 10, 2008 10:34 PM

                                                                                            Wow, As much as I love my bullion cubes, I could never pop a whole one in my mouth! Slowly licking, ala a beefy-flavored lollipop is much more enjoyable. For me, it's a repatitive, soothing kind of thing that sad to say..YES..Grosses out 99% who find out about it.

                                                                                            I feel so dirty! *LOL*

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                                                                                          cimui Sep 6, 2008 01:58 AM

                                                                                          Good one. I love suan mei, which are similar, I guess. I love that pucker you get when you first pop it into your mouth!

                                                                                        3. dagoose Sep 5, 2008 11:31 AM

                                                                                          Plain salt. Anything with salt on it. Seasoning salts, like the kind on the table at Red Robin (the best thing in the restaurant, if you ask me).

                                                                                          When I was a teenager, my father (a doctor himself) took me to a nutrition focused doctor and said "tell her how bad eating straight salt, etc. is for her" The doctor examined me and said, nope. She's got low blood pressure, and as long as you don't already have high blood pressure, you'll do absolutely no damage to yourself eating enormous quantities of salt.

                                                                                          Thank god. In the ten years or so since then I don't think I've slowed down a bit. In college some friends gave me a salt lick for my birthday (the kind they give cows) as a joke...They actually have all kinds of minerals in them, so I didn't actually get to eat it.

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                                                                                            cimui Sep 6, 2008 01:31 AM

                                                                                            Ah yes, I love the salty tomato juice. My drink of choice on airplanes.

                                                                                            I was playing a lot of soccer for a while this summer and must've been really low on salt. Twice, I got this inexplicable, burning desire for kimchi and ended up buying a jar and eating the entire thing, straight. Hopefully, I don't intend to do that, again. It gave me heart palpitations and probably exceeded the daily recommended dosage of sodium by several hundred times!

                                                                                            I am also a confessed canned fish brine drinker. Not salmon for me, but tuna. My dog only gets "tuna juice" from the salt free cans.

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                                                                                              foreignmuck Sep 7, 2008 01:48 PM

                                                                                              oh another one is Furikake - the japanese topping for rice. I had a big jar of wasabi and nori flavoured furikake, and i'd just eat small handfuls on thier own,without the rice. Unfortunately i broke the jar the other day.. :(

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                                                                                                roadfix Sep 9, 2008 03:09 PM

                                                                                                I love furikake over spaghetti. Forget spaghetti sauce.
                                                                                                I keep a variety of diff furikakes in the pantry.

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                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Sep 9, 2008 05:11 PM

                                                                                                  i've been known to dip a spoon straight into the jar for a mouthful of pure sesame & seaweed salty/umami goodness.

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                                                                                                    foreignmuck Sep 11, 2008 08:28 AM

                                                                                                    what about mentaiko (spicy fishroe) spaghetti, covered in Nori / furikake? thats amazing,and super salty too.

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                                                                                                    Kholvaitar Feb 15, 2013 06:07 AM

                                                                                                    I'll put Furikake on my shopping list, I'm curious now to experiment..

                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Feb 15, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                      It's great on steamed broccoli with a generous drizzle of toasted sesame oil (and a dash of tamari if you want it saltier).

                                                                                                2. boogiebaby Sep 9, 2008 11:14 AM

                                                                                                  Ruffles potato chips with french onion dip. Yum!

                                                                                                  1. Pia Sep 9, 2008 05:18 PM

                                                                                                    I am a dessert junkie, so my ultimate salty treat is chocolate tortilla chips made by Food Should Taste Good. I love all their chips, even though I'm usually not much of a chip person, but I could eat a whole bag of the chocolate ones. http://www.foodshouldtastegood.com/po...

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                                                                                                      Boccone Dolce Sep 12, 2008 03:45 AM

                                                                                                      Pia-that company makes some nifty flavors! Costco had the multi-grain tortilla chips and I bought a bag. These were possibly some of the best tortilla-type chips I've had. You only need a small handful they are so filling. Crossing fingers they still have them tomorrow when we make a run down there. But these weren't overly salty.

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                                                                                                      Doctormhl1 Sep 9, 2008 05:42 PM

                                                                                                      Matjes herring--with raw spanish onions.-- Salty and sour and sweet. A unique taste and flavour that will leave your mouth numb for hours. Warning: Not to be eaten if you plan to make love within the following eight hours or so. But then again, you won't need to make love; you'll be too happy and blissed-out to even think of making love and you'll sleep like a baby.

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                                                                                                        Doctormhl1 Sep 9, 2008 09:28 PM

                                                                                                        Here's a few more suggestions:
                                                                                                        (1) Anchovies and/or anchovy paste.
                                                                                                        (2) Full sour kosher dill pickles-if you're really desperate, sip some of the brine from the pickle bottle.
                                                                                                        (3) This last choice is one that Canadian urban winter drivers will appreciate: Try sucking on the back of the cuff of your trousers after a lot of driving in snowy weather.

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                                                                                                          Kagey Sep 10, 2008 05:35 AM

                                                                                                          Any sort of fried potato is my favorite salt-delivery system.

                                                                                                          Beef also calls out for salt. Roast beef and steaks, especially.

                                                                                                          I also love fish sauce!

                                                                                                          1. sheilal Sep 10, 2008 05:55 AM

                                                                                                            Sea salt sprinkled (very liberally!) on granny smith apples! Wonderful!!!

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                                                                                                              Rasam Sep 10, 2008 11:30 PM

                                                                                                              Salt on apples? I must try this. Hadn't heard of this before. Does it have to be sea salt or will any other kind do?

                                                                                                              I love eating guavas (ripe or unripe does not matter) as a vehicle for rock salt (black salt) + red chilli powder. Peaches and grapefruit also.

                                                                                                              I also love olives (green with stone) and french fries. The combination of salt and fat is unbeatable.

                                                                                                              Another craze is the salty varieties of chooran (digestives). Currently I am hooked on the kind made of dried ginger strips coated in black salt, pepper, cumin and lemon.

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                                                                                                                tmso Sep 11, 2008 01:31 AM

                                                                                                                I'm not sure there's any fruit that doesn't like a little salt, lemon, chile...

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                                                                                                                  Rasam Sep 11, 2008 01:49 AM

                                                                                                                  Most fruits I would agree. I forgot to mention mangoes in my pp.

                                                                                                                  But I can't see myself putting salt etc on a litchi, or do you think it would work? :)

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                                                                                                                    tmso Sep 11, 2008 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                    Not sure, I'd have to try. I wouldn't have thought grapes would have been a good candidate until I found some in my mixed-fruit bag one day.

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                                                                                                                      Rasam Sep 11, 2008 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                      You tried salt on grapes and they were good? That's astonishing; I would never have thought to try it. I must definitely reconsider. Did you cut up the grapes, or just dip them, or ... ?

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                                                                                                                        tmso Sep 11, 2008 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                        You know those Mexican fruit vendors who sell bags of fruit with salt &/or lime juice &/or chile? One day I went to my normal vendor and asked her for a mixed bag with everything, and found among the mango, cucmbers, coco nut and strawberries ... red grapes sliced in half.I'm not so sure they needed the chile, but the salt and lemon went great with them.

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                                                                                                                          Rasam Sep 12, 2008 02:25 AM

                                                                                                                          Thanks for this great tip!
                                                                                                                          I shall definitely now include grapes in my salt+chili vehicles.
                                                                                                                          And the next time I get hold of some litchis I'll try those too and report back.

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                                                                                                                cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                It's been years since I've done that, but I love salt on sour apples. Also on grapefruit and canteloupe.

                                                                                                              3. Vexorg Sep 10, 2008 09:36 PM

                                                                                                                Guilty as charged. Right now, mine would probably be salted peanuts in the shell. After finishing off a bowl of the things, I'll start sucking on the shells.

                                                                                                                ...Can't be any weirder than some of the other stuff here, right?

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                                                                                                                  cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                  In public I try to be discreet about it, because I'm sure it looks gross to a lot of people, but I always eat my salted in the shell peanuts by sucking on them first until they are all soggy inside then eating the peanuts out of them.

                                                                                                                2. starlady Sep 11, 2008 10:43 PM

                                                                                                                  I drink the leftover tempura dipping sauce, and sometimes soy sauce.
                                                                                                                  I suck the salt off of stick pretzels, eating only maybe 1 out of every 4-5.
                                                                                                                  sometimes I just lick my finger and dip it lightly into my salt cellar.
                                                                                                                  Potatoes are a vehicle for condiments, salt is a condiment :)
                                                                                                                  Popcorn - truffle oil cut with butter, fresh micro-planed parm with salt - YUM
                                                                                                                  Split pea soup has to have extra salt added.
                                                                                                                  Celery sticks dipped in PB sprinkled with salt.
                                                                                                                  I think that's enough for now. :)

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                                                                                                                    cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                    That reminds me of another one - raw potatoes with salt on them. I picked that up from my dad, and he still does it at nearly 70. Fortunately neither of has blood pressure issues.

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                                                                                                                    foreignmuck Sep 12, 2008 02:17 AM

                                                                                                                    This thread is reassuring me that i'm not alone and not a complete freak.. :)

                                                                                                                    crunching on perfect pyramid crystals of Maldon Sea Salt is something i do quite regularly.

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                                                                                                                      AnneBird Sep 12, 2008 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                      OMG-me too! Maldon is like pop-rocks, but good.

                                                                                                                    2. ChrisOC Sep 12, 2008 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                      How about those smoked herring you get at the supermarket? I don't thimk you can find anything saltier. I remember when bars sold a packet of 3 or 4 smoked herring Under the brand of "Blind Robins"

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                                                                                                                        Goldendog Sep 12, 2008 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                        Blind Robins---common around the Great Lakes area where I live in Northern Michigan--and the greatest concentration of sodium chloride in a small package known to man! Enough salt in one of those to raise your blood pressure 40 points for a week.. Love 'em!

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                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Sep 12, 2008 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                          i was curious to find out what a blind robin is, so i googled it. smoked herring snacks? yum.

                                                                                                                          my college roommate used to freak when i would buy a jar of herring & keep it in the fridge - it totally grossed her out.

                                                                                                                          more for me :)

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                                                                                                                            Goldendog Sep 12, 2008 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                            Blind Robin is a very heavily salted, smoked dried fish, more like a beef jerky and very far from jarred, marinated herring... which is fabulous in it's own right...

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                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Sep 12, 2008 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                              oh, i get what it is, and it sounds delicious...the herring part just got me thinking about the jarred stuff.

                                                                                                                      2. Chew on That Sep 12, 2008 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                        I love salt and vinegar potato chips! I can't get enough of them.

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                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Sep 12, 2008 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                          Chew_on_That - do you have a favorite brand? i always doused mine with extra vinegar. the salt was usually ok, but they were never vinegary enough for me. and they had to be the sturdy kettle-cooked ones...once you start adding the extra vinegar, the regular flimsy chips just disintegrate.

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                                                                                                                            Ruth Lafler May 11, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                            I think the best ones are Terra Chips -- the chips are thick-cut and very sturdy, so they'd hold up to more vinegar. The Trader Joe's house brand are good, too, although there's a different style.

                                                                                                                        2. misnatalie Sep 12, 2008 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                          Salt bagels, beef jerky, and EXTRA EXTRA crispy french fries covered in salt

                                                                                                                          1. Queen uh Cuisine Sep 13, 2008 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                            I love lighty salted sunflower seeds, kosher salt on soft warm pretzels, A definate would be.....salt on a margarita glass!!, french fries, salt & vinegar Chips, fish & chips w/ extra Salt!!, actually....add salt to anything fried!!, baked potato, freshly sliced tomatoes and (or) radishes, sprinkle salt in tap beer with a splash of tomato juice, .........It's an enhanser...hello!!! Watermelon...any melon for that matter. Gotta go find salt...now........

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                                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Sep 13, 2008 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                              the mention of sunflower seeds reminded me - roasted, salted pumpkin seeds in the shell...but only certain brands - either TJ's or Sunridge Farms. David's are too mouth-puckeringly salty, and they have an icky, powdery film on them from all the salt.

                                                                                                                              oh, and feta cheese.

                                                                                                                              i have chronically low blood pressure, and yesterday was particularly bad - every time i stood up i got dizzy. i realized that i needed to get some salt into my body, and immediately thought of this thread. see, even when i'm on the verge of passing out i have CH on the brain!

                                                                                                                            2. BamiaWruz Sep 17, 2008 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                              Ohh Salt is just about my favourite thing, and my SO constantly reminds me what a bad habit it is *sigh*

                                                                                                                              I LOVE mixing yogurt with water (creating a nice creamy drink) and adding lots of salt to it.
                                                                                                                              Sipping pickle juice out of the jar, vinegary, salty and refreshing.
                                                                                                                              I love salted sunflower seeds, but the next day I suffer with my lips all shriveled or "mummified"
                                                                                                                              When I was little I learned some terrible habbits of eating things like green almonds, rhubarb, cucumbers, green unripe plums dipped in heaps of salt (it's a middle eastern thing)

                                                                                                                              I like lebnah with a lot of salt too, sometimes it just doesn't feel like enough salt!!!!!
                                                                                                                              My SO's mother commented on how the salt in the several containers around the household keep decreasing, and never in her life she had to buy so much salt!

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                                                                                                                                umbushi plum Apr 17, 2009 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                i love lebnah with lots of salt too! and yoghurt is always improved in my opinion by salt!

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                                                                                                                                jeanmarieok Sep 18, 2008 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                I salt deli swiss cheese slices.

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                                                                                                                                  allieinbklyn Sep 21, 2008 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                  It's interesting to see how may people chimed in here with low BP/fainting probs. I have one too, so I'm supposed to eat enormous quantities of salt every day. In my quest to get more salt in me, I've discovered some foods that are high in salt that I love:
                                                                                                                                  -bananas with salt are surprisingly delicious
                                                                                                                                  -kraft french dressing with cucumbers and chunky sea salt (yes, i know, kraft)
                                                                                                                                  -oatmeal with sea salt and butter
                                                                                                                                  -fries with ketchup pack a punch
                                                                                                                                  -any soup - but particularly campbell's, with more salt poured in
                                                                                                                                  -trader joes canned chili
                                                                                                                                  -cottage cheese!!!

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                                                                                                                                  turqmut Sep 29, 2008 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                  I'll fifth the Maldon. Great taste plus the crystals are the coolest shapes.

                                                                                                                                  For my salt fix, I like provolone stuffed green olives from Fresh Market. I add extra Italian seasoning when I get home, if they make it that far.

                                                                                                                                  1. Luvfriedokra Sep 29, 2008 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                    I am also a former boullion licker(who knew there were so many of us). My grandmother used to always have them in her kitchen and always indulged me...go figure. My favorites are soft pretzels, cool ranch Doritos, Combos, Bojangles fries w/extra seasoning salt, fried okra with a generous sprinkling of salt, popcorn w/lots of butter and salt

                                                                                                                                    1. marietinn Sep 30, 2008 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                      Favorite salty pleasure...kikkoman soy sauce on potato bread...delicious! Lentil soup with boat loads of salt. Cheese Pizza with hot sauce and loads of garlic salt. Soft pretzels and kosher salt plus french's yellow mustard.... pickle juice out of the jar

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                                                                                                                                        Passadumkeg Oct 1, 2008 02:23 AM

                                                                                                                                        Bacalao or salt cod.

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                                                                                                                                          greenstate Oct 2, 2008 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                          Edamame, warm and salted in the pod
                                                                                                                                          Lay's salt and vinegar chips (the salt hurts my mouth so good)
                                                                                                                                          Vermont Butter and Cheese cultured butter with sea salt crystals (OMG!)
                                                                                                                                          Shredded Parmesan cheese, melted on anything, particularly veggies and eggs
                                                                                                                                          Olives stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese
                                                                                                                                          Buttered egg noodles with Hunts canned tomato sauce and lots of salt

                                                                                                                                      2. MsDiPesto Oct 3, 2008 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                        I've always had a heavy hand on the salt, and after getting Addison's Disease, I crave it! Not one, but two kinds of sea salt reside in my apt kitchen, as does a bottle of Lee Kum Kee soy sauce. V-8 juice with salt and white basalmic vinegar! Fleur de sel caramels! Yeah!

                                                                                                                                        1. SweetPhyl Nov 21, 2008 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                          Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
                                                                                                                                          Lemons
                                                                                                                                          Bloody's
                                                                                                                                          Apples
                                                                                                                                          Melon
                                                                                                                                          Potatos--mashed, baked, boiled, fried--they all MUST have salt
                                                                                                                                          Cold salted Buttermilk & saltine crackers--Oh my!
                                                                                                                                          Margaritas
                                                                                                                                          Grapefruit
                                                                                                                                          pasta
                                                                                                                                          beef

                                                                                                                                          yeah..I'm a saltaholic. keep a stash of kosher salt in my desk drawer at work.

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                                                                                                                                            cycloneillini Apr 18, 2009 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                            I used to salt all of my food very heavily, but I think that's because I ate a lot of very poorly prepared food until I was well into adulthood. I now rarely salt any type of prepared dish, and find that I'm hypersensitive to any dish that is saltier than it should be. Having said that I am still a die hard salt-aholic, and there are certain things I just can't eat without salt (tomatoes, edemame, grapefruit, celery cucumbers, etc), things I still love with salt but unfortunately can't eat at all (radishes and green onions give me the worst heartburn - I used to eat them dipped in salt as snacks when I was a kid), and other salty foods that I love (olives, anchovies, potato chips, pickles).

                                                                                                                                            One thing I haven't seen mentioned is Oysters Rockefeller which are traditionally served on a bed of rock salt. Yes, I love the oysters but it's also a treat to sneak a few sucks of the rock salt.

                                                                                                                                            1. Scargod May 11, 2009 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                              Spam marinated in soy sauce and baked in a rock salt crust.

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                                                                                                                                                Sam Fujisaka May 11, 2009 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                Y'all gon' rile up yer podner.

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                                                                                                                                                Cinnamon May 11, 2009 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                It would have to involve margaritas and beach.

                                                                                                                                                But short of that, drinking the olive juice from canned black olives. Pouring salt on popcorn in long, long spirals, drinking soy sauce shots (none of the light stuff) or whatever soy+x tasty sauce is served. Salt on dinner bread with a squeeze of lemon, in place of butter.

                                                                                                                                                1. njmarshall55 Feb 15, 2013 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Cold salted butter pats on light toast, bagel, muffin. I like the contrast in taste and temp.

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