If you have watched even a single episode of Good eats you would know Alton Brown's love of kosher salt. What brand does he actually use?
Anyone that has ever watched any episodes of Good Eats would know that Alton Brown is a HUGE fan of kosher salt. He uses it pretty much every time a recipe calls for salt.
You might be wondering what brand of kosher salt does Alton use?
Well he never says anything about the brand on any of the shows. In fact he normally tries to hide which brand he is using by putting labels on top of the name on the packaging. Lots of those brands it was very easy to tell what he was using. By doing he isn't promoting any particular brand on the show.
However on his own I have seen him endorsing Diamond Crystal kosher salt. There used to be content with him on Diamond Crystal's website, but that has been taken down.
While I cant' say for sure that he uses that salt on Good Eats, I highly suspect he has.
And if he didn't use it, I certainly would. I think it's the best kosher salt. Here is why:
What is the Best Kosher Salt?
Diamond Crystal is the best kosher salt I have used. The reason is not for the flavor, which isn't anything out of the oridnary. It comes down to the flakes of salt Diamond Crystal is very easy to grab with your fingers and control where it's going.
If I am seasoning a steak, it's easy to evenly distribute the salt. That's one of the advantages of kosher salt that Alton has talked about before on the show.
Every other kosher salt I have tried has not worked as well. Years go the first time i tried kosher salt I use Morton, which is the easiest one to find. Everyone has it. When I gave Diamond Crystal a try, i found the flakes of st were a much better shape.
The reason for this is that they don't take shortcuts. Some companies take blocks of regular table salt and just break it into pieces to form "kosher salt". But Diamond Crystal processes the salt naturally to form a flaky salt. It really makes a significant difference.
Redmond Real Salt makes a kosher salt too. While I think it has a better flavor, it doesn't have the nice flake structure of the Diamond Crystal. It's more of a coarse version of their regular Real Salt.
Where to Buy Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt?
A good number of store carry it. However some of the places only have a smaller canister shape container of it, which I don't find to be the best value.
What I have been doing for a number of years now is buying it from Gordon Food Service. they sell it in a box for $2.99 for 3 pounds - best deal I have found on it. I have seen the smaller container going for close to the price.
I think I might buy that 3 pound box, 2-3 times per year, max.
It's available to order online too if you can't find it any store near you.
You might have noticed the cool salt containers that Alton uses on Good Eats. I know I look at them and thought I want one of those too. At one point you could buy them and other products from Alton's website.
While they would be cool to have I have been happy using a bamboo salt cellar that is a lot cheaper. Although after a while I find they start to crack an you have to replace them.
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Alton Brown has said something during one of his shows concerning brands of Kosher Salt. Sorry I can not remember which episode. Guess that would be an excuse to watch all of them.
Diamond is the only brand that is just salt. No additives. This is why you can pickle and can with it. Morton Salt contains an anti-caking agent. This would make your pickles and canning cloudy and could leave an off taste.