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When to salt roasted vegetables

MrsJonesey Jul 31, 2012 08:16 AM

I've always salted vegetables before roasting, but recently saw Giada say to not to salt beforehand as it brings the moisture out causing them to steam. Admittedly, I wasn't paying the closest attention and she may have meant just for certain vegetables, or not. It did get me to wondering though. My intentions are to do a comparison the next time I roast vegetables, but in the meantime, thought I'd throw it out here to see what the general consensus is.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: MrsJonesey Jul 31, 2012 08:25 AM

    Some thoughts here: http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2010/...

    I always salt before.

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      Crockett67 RE: ipsedixit Jul 31, 2012 08:32 AM

      +1. Season before.

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        MrsJonesey RE: Crockett67 Jul 31, 2012 07:52 PM

        Thank you both, especially for the link. Think I'll continue to salt before as well.

    2. LindaWhit RE: MrsJonesey Aug 1, 2012 08:08 AM

      I've never heard of salting after roasting. I agree with the person who started the seriouseats thread listed by ipse - if the pan is crowded with veggies, it is probably going to steam vs. roast.

      I salt before.

      1. biondanonima RE: MrsJonesey Aug 1, 2012 09:01 AM

        I always salt before as well, for the reasons described in the seriouseats link.

        1. Veggo RE: MrsJonesey Aug 1, 2012 09:03 AM

          For roasted I salt before, for mirepoix or sofrito I salt later.

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            MonMauler RE: MrsJonesey Aug 1, 2012 09:39 AM

            I always salt before, as well.

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              Harters RE: MrsJonesey Aug 1, 2012 10:29 AM

              We salt when it's on the plate in front of whoever's going to eat it.

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                greygarious RE: Harters Aug 1, 2012 11:10 AM

                Me too. I rarely salt ANYTHING before cooking, unless it is to drain out excess liquid . I want to minimize use of salt and find that a little sprinkle right before eating means using less than salting before or during cooking.

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                  Harters RE: greygarious Aug 1, 2012 11:14 AM

                  Yep, I generally stopped adding salt to my plate years back (and stopped using it in cooking at the same time), for health reasons. Took my palate a couple of weeks to adjust to the lack of salt but certainly don't miss it now (and often find dishes cooked by others to be too salty - masking the taste of the food, not enhancing it)

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