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Sprinkling Seasonings from High Up

By Cook's Illustrated Published November 2010

How high you hold your hand makes all the difference when it comes to seasoning.

Ever notice that some chefs season food by sprinkling it from a good foot above the counter? Is this just kitchen theatrics, or is there a reason behind this practice? We sprinkled chicken breasts with ground black pepper from different heights—4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches—and found the higher the starting point, the more evenly the seasoning was distributed. And the more evenly the seasoning is distributed, the better food tastes. So go ahead and add a little Jamie Oliver flourish the next time you season.

FROM 4 INCHES ABOVE

FROM 8 INCHES ABOVE

FROM 12 INCHES ABOVE

Done in 281 ms! 61.385 KiB - 7.5% = 56.776 KiB