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Seasoning Strategies

By Cook's Illustrated Published November 2010

Use these guidelines to avoid contaminating your salt box and oversalting.

Safe Seasoning

To avoid contaminating our salt box when seasoning raw meat, poultry, or fish, we mix fresh ground pepper and salt (a ratio of 1 part pepper to 4 parts kosher salt is ideal) in a small bowl or ramekin. This way we can keep reaching into the bowl without having to constantly wash our hands.

Avoiding Oversalting Why do some recipes include a specific amount of salt and then instruct that you “season to taste”? It helps prevent oversalting. Because slight variations in ingredients and cooking times affect the saltiness of a dish, it’s best to hold back on fully seasoning until the very end.