Does this salt make my ass look big?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Having come to cooking late in life... read that as "got divorced and had to learn about cooking, or be prepared to live out my life on carry-out food" ... I've only just learned about Maldon Salt.

As I understand it, it's used primarily as a "finishing" salt.  So, you're not really using it IN the baking or cooking, but you'll use it at the plating stage, where it will add to the texture/crunch of the meal.  Sprinkle it generously on desserts, caramel, vegetables or meat.

Maldon is an English flake sea salt, with a grand history of making it's way to the east crossing deserts on the backs of dromedary camels.  It has a large flat surface, making it easy to stick to foods.

I have learned, too, that salt is not just salt.  Morton's Kosher salt is twice as "salty" as Diamond Crystal Kosher salt.  So when your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon, or 1 cup of kosher salt.... it will taste completely differently depending on which brand you choose. Who knew!?

Fortunately, I live mere blocks away from Evanston's The Spice House, which has a wealth of different salts (and plenty of other spices) to experiment with.

Buon Appetito!

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (16)

Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

I had no idea about any of these salt facts.  Thank you for sharing Alan May.

Jan 18, 2021 01:17 PM
Alan May

I didn't either...  pretty interesting, no?

Jan 18, 2021 02:26 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Very interesting. Great information I hope I never need.

Jan 18, 2021 01:21 PM
Alan May

I hoped that, too.  A bit late for me, but save yourself, man!  Save yourself!

Jan 18, 2021 02:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Very interesting info about salt Alan.  I had no idea. We made a prime rib over the holidays and it asked for kosher salt. I thought it was very salty so I'm guessing it was Morton's.  I'll have to take a look.  Came in a huge bottle which will last at least 10 years!!!

Jan 18, 2021 02:22 PM
Alan May

It's very coarse too. 

Jan 18, 2021 02:26 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

That's what Gary bought.

Jan 18, 2021 05:37 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I didn't know much about salt, so thanks for the information.  I had no idea some salt is saltier than others.

Jan 18, 2021 03:51 PM
Alan May

I didn't either.  I learned some of that from Samin Nostrat's series of Netflix called Salt Fat Acid Heat.

Jan 18, 2021 03:59 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I've heard of Maldon but not tried it. On the other hand we have a few varieties of black pepper. Apparently some similarities to wine, where it is grown makes a difference.

Jan 18, 2021 05:19 PM
Alan May

I guess I'll have to look into pepper next.

Jan 18, 2021 05:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- I use Morton's Kosher Salt when I cook but also use sea salt. There is Maldon's Sea Salt in my pantry as well as Fleur de sel and pink Himalayan salt, and about 3 others. Oddly enough, I do salt my food when I cook but rarely add salt after. 

Jan 18, 2021 05:45 PM
Alan May

I tried the pink Himalayan salt, but found it to be too strong, and hard to figure out just how much to use.

Jan 18, 2021 05:53 PM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Alan, you salty dog you!   So, about that butt selfie....

If Alan May were to read this post, would he correct the spelling of Bon Appetit?


Jan 18, 2021 05:58 PM
Alan May

If Alan May were to read this, he'd probably change the spelling of bon Appetit, but don't count on him getting it right.  He's not that smart.

Jan 19, 2021 06:58 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.

Clever workaround Alan May 

Jan 20, 2021 01:14 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Alan,  Thank you for sharing this wealth of salty information.  Due to health concerns we don't use salt - but use various other seasons instead.  But, now you have me curious. . .

Jan 18, 2021 07:02 PM
Alan May

I can't even deal with "no salt".

Jan 19, 2021 07:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


An entertaining and informative post with a bit of salt thrown in. Buon Appetito!


Jan 18, 2021 11:06 PM
Alan May
buen provecho
Jan 19, 2021 07:05 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I've been cooking for a really long time and didn't know any of this! 

Jan 19, 2021 06:18 AM
Alan May

I'd never heard any of this either, too, as well.

Jan 19, 2021 07:05 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

When we have a meal that might be on the salty side, its because the chef was a bit aggressive.  

Jan 19, 2021 06:38 AM
Alan May

damn those aggressive chefs.

Jan 19, 2021 07:05 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Alan May I must say, I am not used to so much salty language. ;-) LOL

Jan 19, 2021 06:42 AM
Alan May

As a Realtor, I have heard it all.

Jan 19, 2021 07:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I use Maldon Salt, and I also like their smoked Sea Salt.  We have a small dish on our dining table of it to add salt to taste.  We also recommend Himalayan salt...A

Jan 19, 2021 08:07 AM
Alan May

back to the days of salt-cellars on the table.

Jan 19, 2021 08:16 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - smoked sea salt sounds very intriguing!  I will look for that. 

Jan 20, 2021 07:10 PM
Alan May

me, too.

Jan 21, 2021 09:23 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Wait till you get into peppers - aleppo pepper is a big deal to me because the Aleppo area has been so devastated by war - we may never have real aleppo pepper again - but then there is Sichuan and black and pink and white and green - it makes me dizzy - I have to look for your Maldon salt! 

Jan 20, 2021 07:12 PM
Alan May

If it's making you dizzy, it might not be pepper ;-)

Jan 21, 2021 09:23 AM
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

So many wonderful new things to learn and try everyday!  I can't wait to try the Maldon Salt.  My grand daughter and I love pink Himalayan salt.

Feb 19, 2021 08:48 AM
Alan May

We learn something new each and every day.

Mar 12, 2021 11:52 AM

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