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Morton's vs. Diamond Crystal Kosher salt?

kemi5 Apr 21, 2010 07:33 PM

IYO which do you prefer and why? I've used both but never had them simultaneously to do a side-by-side comparison. I believe that the Diamond Crystal is slightly more expensive.

  1. Emme Apr 21, 2010 08:03 PM

    personally Morton's... i can't really tell you why.you'd think salt is salt, but alas no... i bought morton's, then was out, and happened to be at a market that did not carry morton's, so i picked up DC. it's not bad, but next time, i will make it a point to return to Morton's... hard-pressed to say, i would say that it's a combo of flake-size and flavor that i prefer in Morton's.

    1. decolady Apr 22, 2010 04:49 AM

      I use Diamond Crystal. All the info I've seen says that DC has less sodium (measured by volume) than Morton's.

      1. Karl S Apr 22, 2010 05:16 AM

        DC is the standard for American cookbook recipes unless otherwise stated. DC is half as saline as table salt by volume (so, when converting, you'd use twice as much DC kosher as table salt by volume) , while Morton's is 2/3 as saline as table salt by volume (so you'd use 1.5 units of Morton's kosher for every unit of table salt by volume).

        1. bushwickgirl Apr 22, 2010 06:52 AM

          Morton's has a 1% added "free-flow" ingredient, an anti-caking agent, calcium silicate.
          DC does not have an anti-caking agent and does not cake very readily, in my experience, although prolonged humidity might cause caking to occur. Not a big deal, really.

          I use DC because it's what I currently have in my cupboard.

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          1. re: bushwickgirl
            Karl S Apr 22, 2010 07:10 AM

            I just keep my DC kosher salt in doubled plastic bags. Eliminates the humidity factor, and is much easier for portioning out for brines and other uses.

          2. j
            janniecooks Apr 22, 2010 07:50 AM

            I use Diamond Crystal because it salt is in finer flakes; Morton's are bigger chunks and don't readily dissolve.

            1. n
              Neecies Apr 22, 2010 08:35 AM

              What Karl said. The volume difference in DC reduces the chances of oversalting. And I actually think it tastes better too.

              1. r
                Reposado Apr 22, 2010 08:38 AM

                Diamond Crystal is 100% salt. Not true for Morton's. 'nuff said.

                1. p
                  purkeyrose Apr 22, 2010 03:05 PM

                  I have used both Morton's and Diamond Crystal. I MUCH prefer DC. Morton's is ground up rock salt rather than flakes like DC. For me, it is unpleasantly crunchy and gritty when used as a finishing salt. It just doesn't melt into the food the way DC does. Unfortunately, for some reason I can't find DC in my area (which is why I tried Morton's to begin with). I've even resorted to mail ordering DC and paying much more than I would in a grocery store, but it's worth the hassle and extra money.

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                  1. re: purkeyrose
                    Riatta Apr 22, 2010 04:37 PM

                    Where do you get DC by mailorder?

                    1. re: Riatta
                      bushwickgirl Apr 23, 2010 04:18 AM

                      Although it's readily available in most larger supermarkets, I bought it from www.thespicehouse.com 3 lbs, $3. Order other salts and spices you might need while shopping there, the've got it all.

                    2. re: purkeyrose
                      kemi5 Apr 23, 2010 12:46 AM

                      Safeway normally has Morton's in the spice aisle, and DC in the ethnic aisle. Cost Plus World Market also has it.

                    3. iluvcookies Apr 23, 2010 08:29 AM

                      I generally use the DC, always have. When you say more expensive, we're talking a few cents per pound over Morton's if you buy the 2lb box.

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                      1. re: iluvcookies
                        kemi5 Apr 23, 2010 11:07 AM

                        Agreed, + or - .50. I do recall that the DC is flakier and that I did like that.

                      2. z
                        zfalcon Apr 28, 2010 03:58 PM

                        I like DC for the taste. I like the coarser Morton's to clean my cast iron pan.

                        1. CindyJ Apr 30, 2010 06:00 AM

                          DC was always the brand in my household when I was a kid in Brooklyn, but I've been using Morton because it's readily available here in PA and DC is not. I always thought the two were pretty much the same, but after reading these posts, I see they're not. Now I'm going to make an effort to find DC somewhere in the vicinity.

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