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Salting Unsalted Nuts

Does anyone have any good methods for adding salt to unsalted nuts? I can't have iodized salt for the next few weeks, so I had to buy plain salt and unsalted nuts and am trying to combine them without much luck. Thank you!!



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Jan. 16th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
I would think -- if you roast them for like 10 minutes on a cookie sheet, the natural oils will come out. Then you could salt them because the oil would make it adhere.
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'd do what I do with pumpkin seeds -- toss them with oil and salt and then roast them.
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
ObGeekSolution: You could dissolve the salt in some warm water, spritz the nuts with the saline solution, and then let them dry.
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's definitly a very creative method, I might just try it! :-)
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
I hate to be ingenuous, but are you using sea salt for the nuts? If not, it probably has iodine in it...
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Sea salt does in fact have iodine, but I'm using "plain" salt that states on the front that it doesn't contain iodine. But yeah, pretty much everything has iodine so this it's not fun! :-)
Jan. 17th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
my condolences. i went through the same thing twice a couple years ago. it's amazing what things have iodine that you don't expect!
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Only iodized salt has iodine in it. Pickling salt has no iodine, kosher salt has no iodine, rock salt has no iodine. Sea salt has *some*, but not as much as iodized salt.
Jan. 16th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)

I'm trying no iodized salt due to high blood pressure issues. Turns out there were NO cases of hbp in this country till the government added iodine to salt. (yea gov?)

Hmm, the brand of sea salt I've been using states it has natural iodine (really, wonder if that makes a difference)

Thanks for the info. VERY interesting!
Jan. 16th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
Wow, I've never heard that issue about iodine being tied exclusively to high blood pressure. I'd like to read more about that, do you have any suggested reading?
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
It doesn't.

High blood pressure is primarily a disease of the old. If there have been more high blood pressure cases since iodine was added to table salt, that's infinitely more likely because of being coincident with improved public health, more people living to an age where high blood pressure starts showing up and being noticed.

This statement:

Turns out there were NO cases of hbp in this country till the government added iodine to salt.

is a specific logical fallacy known as post hoc ergo propter hoc. It claims that since event B took place after event A, event B was caused by event A.

Correlation does not equal causation, and the notion that high blood pressure is caused by consuming iodine in the form of table salt is a completely unsupported statement.
Jan. 17th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: whoa
the demographer and statistician in me loves your answer :)
Jan. 17th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
the West Wing fan in me loves your answer.

Jan. 18th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: whoa
Correlation does not equal causation,

I love you. I keep saying I'm going to crossstitch this onto a pillow!
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
Turns out there were NO cases of hbp in this country till the government added iodine to salt.

In any population, some people will have high blood pressure, so it's doubtful in the extreme that there was *any* time at which there were NO cases of high blood pressure in this country. There was, of course, a time where nobody knew what blood pressure was, how to measure it, or what high blood pressure was related to.

Mixing up correlation and causation is a wonderfully powerful tool, if all you want to do is draw false conclusions. Here, let me demonstrate:

"Turns out there were NO cases of AIDS in this country until they started putting antibiotics in cattle feed."

"Turns out there were NO cases of hantavirus in this country until we started launching the Space Shuttle."

"Turns out there was NO heroin addiction in this country until we kicked out the English."

You can probably figure out what's wrong with all three of those claims. Now apply it to the one you just made.
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
But, yeah, to answer your question, pickling salt and kosher salt have no iodine. Pickling salt has none because the iodine would discolor what's being pickled, and kosher salt probably doesn't have any for purity reasons.

And, no, 'natural' iodine or not makes no difference. All iodine is natural. And, at any rate, what we're strictly speaking of is the iodide ion, not elemental iodine.
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
I see you're point, thank you.
Jan. 16th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Egg white sticks salt (and other seasonings) to nuts very well. Sprinkle salt onto nuts moistened with enough egg white to make them sticky, toss and bake.
Jan. 16th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Spray them with cooking spray, then salt?
Jan. 16th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Extra-fine salt, like popcorn salt, will work best.
Jan. 17th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
i watched on tvfood network today... the sara multon show... she made spiced almonds... she just added her spices to an egg white tossed the nuts in there then baked... a good lowfat alternative...
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