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What's your Salt Fetish?

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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  1. i put maggi on almost everything except croissants

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

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      1. re: mpalmer6c

        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.

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

          1. re: mpalmer6c

            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.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              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!

        2. 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 noi├žoises with just as much elation as the jarred olives of my youth.

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          1. re: Agent Orange

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: foreignmuck

              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!

              1. re: Peg

                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!

                1. re: Peg

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

                  Yeah, my cats love it, too.

                    1. re: Peg

                      Can I have the bones? Lick the can?

                    2. re: foreignmuck

                      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...

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

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

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          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.

                        2. re: Passadumkeg

                          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...