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Is there a reason salt is added with dry ingredients in baking?

  • gmm Jul 28, 2011 07:09 AM
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I ask this question because it seems like more and more baking recipes I come across call for kosher salt. I hate getting a bite of cookie or brownie that is salty because the salt hasn't dissolved. I've now started mixing the salt in with the wet ingredients, but I wondered if there's any scientific/chemical reason it should be mixed with the dry ingredients.

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  1. Are you using a fine grind salt and mixing the dry ingredients first? I have used coarser salt and found that but using a find grind salt or grinding it first hasn't caused me any problems.

    1. if you whisk together all the dry ingredients they are more "mixed" and evenly distributed. i have never ever bitten into a grain of salt in anything i've baked, nor had anything taste overly salty in spots.

      1. I know what you're talking about because I do almost all of my cooking and baking with kosher salt, which doesn't seem to meld as well into the wet ingredients as regular table salt.

        I would think your easiest solution is to just sub with table salt and reduce the amount by a third or so. But I don't know if there's a scientific reason why the kosher can't be added into the wet. Have you gotten good results by doing it that way?

        1. I will frequently add the salt with the wet ingredients. I am not sure if there is a reason to add it to the dry -- and I know most recipes tell you to do that -- but I have never had a problem doing it that way!

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          1. re: roxlet

            It maybe more of a convention of keeping dry ingredients together.

            1. re: roxlet

              Because I use Kosher salt, I usually add it to the wet ingredients too. Is there any reason I shouldn't?

            2. "I hate getting a bite of cookie or brownie that is salty because the salt hasn't dissolved. "

              I think that is the whole point. To get salt bits.