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Those Salty Amish?

Amish food is traditionally not very spicy.  Jalapeno peppers, chili powder, and other south-,of-the-border spices have slowly been finding their way into Amish dishes.  Amish people, traditionally used to more "bland" food have found the extra "kick" spices add to be appealing to some.  I took some wasabi peas to Lovina and Emma on my last visit and I think liked them.  Emma has a very high spice threshold, gulping down whole jalapenos without breaking a sweat.  Amish cooking has historically relied on "food already in the pantry", true scratch cooking that doesn't require much spice. So "plain palates" have experienced generation of not much spice.  Even salt is not commonly embraced by Amish cooks.  Recipes will call for a teaspoon of salt here and there in the preparation.  But most Amish people I've had supper with aren't sitting around passing the salt shaker.  I've never been much of a "salter."  Rachel, on the other hand, salts anything that doesn't move.  Pepper is actually something more Amish people have used historically on their meals to add a little extra spice, but salt - in my experience - just isn't something I've observed commonly.  So any of you out there like Rachel? Compulsive salters?

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GOD BLESS YOU

We have enough BP issues that the salt shaker never makes it to the table.  The effort of getting up and trying to find the shaker (I'll never tell where it is) makes the food lose its need for more salt.

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My mom use to salt her watermelon and canteloupe but I never aquire a taste for it.  I don't like spicy food either, gives me heart burn. Plus when my husband and I were dating, we went to a Reds game and bought an order of nacho chips and cheese.  He loves the Jalapeno peppers that came on top but couldn't eat all of them.  While 'removing' the uneaten ones from the cheese, one hit the seat in front of us and stuck.  Went to another Reds game about two weeks later and had the same seats (season tickets) and where the pepper had hit the seat, the paint was gone in the perfect shape of the jalapeno pepper sliceTongue out

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The only thing I salt at the table is my corn on the cob.  My husband uses TONS of salt AND pepper on everything!  He doesn't care to taste it first, he just starts pouring it on. 

I saw someone write about how salt raises your blood pressure....well, my husband has very high blood pressure, and mine happens to be normal!!!  Hmmmmm......

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Interesting how many seem to salt/pepper without tasting first.  I know of a man that, at one point in his career, was conducting interviews for potential hires.  One interview was over dinner.  When dinner arrived, he watched the job candidate immediately reach for the salt and pepper - without tasting the food first - and the interviewer decided then and there not to hire him.  I don't recall exactly how he couched it, but it was basically because the guy wasn't willing to "try things" first.  He worried that if he wasn't willing to try the food to see how good it tasted before adding spice, that he wouldn't be willing to try things the way the business did them before trying to do them his own way. 

Always thought that was a funny story. 

Rebecca

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Too much salt causes you to hold on to too much of your body fluids... more fluid ciruclating in the vessels causes increased pressure on the vessels= high BP.

I have to be careful because my whole family has issues with BP :P

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When cooking I advoid using salt.  Instead I use Mrs.Dash.  I also read package lables and purshase low or no sodium added products.  We also use unsalted butter,and unsalted crackers. Eating too much salt can and will cause high blood presure.  Take away the salt,use spices and the food will taste better and it be more healthy. 

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Your mention of Mrs. Dash reminded me that the Eicher's love "Johnny's Salt."  This is a Mrs. Dash-type seasoning.  They are based in Tacoma, Washington...the Tacoma paper carries The Amish Cook....SIGH, I'd love some sort of endorsement deal...Smile

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Kevin, maybe you should come to Tacoma and have a chat with the News Tribune.

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I'd love to, will you pay for my airline ticket!Smile

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Well, maybe a phone call to the Tacoma News Tribune first, get them to pay. Ha!

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Since my dh works at the local Morton Salt plant, I quit salting our foods about 30 years ago.  I now don't care for much salt at all, unless it is potatoes or beans.  I do like salt on watermelon though.  But I find that I tend to have problems with swelling if I do use salt.

Cindy/KS

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Ooh, Kansas and salt...I forgot, aren't there a bunch of underground "salt vaults" in KS where the government stores sensitive stuff?

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Yep - the old Carey Salt mines.  They were the only ones in this area of Kansas to actually mine the salt.  The others do it by an evaporation process.

The mines also store old movies & such for Holywood.  And they have in recent times opened up the Underground Museum down there.  I haven't been down yet though.

Cindy/KS

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

I have a rule... taste first, THEN salt.  Since I do the cooking, I usually know how salty something is when it hits the table.  Hubby, on the other hand, heads straight for the salt shaker.  Sometimes I have to warn him to taste it first, especially if it is something I got a little carried away while seasoning Wink.

A couple of things that I do, and other people in my family/area do, is salt our watermelon and pepper our canteloupe.  I always thought it was weird as a kid, but it really does bring out the sweetness!  Does anyone else do this?

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With a light dusting of salt really is the ONLY way to eat watermelon!  Mmm!  I've never tried the pepper on the canteloupe, but I just might have to...  Wink

Rebecca