Alexa, how much salt should I put on scrambled eggs?鈥 This may not be something you鈥檝e actually asked your Amazon Echo device, but look alive! The new Alexa skill Morton聽Salting Sous Chef helps you season your food and unleash your inner salt bae. Its sole purpose: To help home cooks salt many common foods with the ideal measurements, because the cue 鈥渟alt to taste鈥 can be confusing and ambiguous for many. 鈥淚t鈥檚 insane that we don鈥檛 measure salt and yet we do for every other ingredient in a recipe,鈥 Top Chef alum Richard Blais, who teamed up with Morton, told us. And with that, we asked Alexa to 鈥淥pen Morton鈥 and teach us how to salt.

Chef Richard Blais

The Morton Salting Sous Chef skill includes 4,000 dishes, techniques, and pro tips that tackle salting and cooking with precision. Alexa will ask, 鈥淲hat are you cooking?鈥 If you reply that you鈥檙e grilling chicken, Alexa will follow up with the best type of salt, salting measurement, and cooking instruction. *Magic*

Let鈥檚 say you just want to discover something new about salt. After opening Morton, you can ask Alexa for a tip, after which she may respond with some tidbit like 鈥淭o create a flavored salt, combine 1/4 cup of salt and 1 teaspoon of flavoring.鈥 You can also ask for Richard Blais recipes, and she will walk you through some of his recipes for dishes like Hawaiian barbecue and ros茅 donuts.

Salting Sous Chef app

The one thing Alexa may not tell you is which type of salt a Top Chef uses, which is when we turned to Blais. He recommended a smaller grain salt or fine sea salt for vinaigrettes and baked goods as the granules dissolve and distribute quickly. Otherwise, kosher salt is your all-purpose seasoning for meat, soups, vegetables, and grains.

It鈥檚 not just about choosing the right kind of salt for your dish but how you sprinkle it. Blais grabbed a fat pinch of flaky kosher salt, raised his hand about two feet in the air, and cautiously rubbed his fingertips together to slowly and evenly disperse the granules, echoing what chefs say when teaching young grasshoppers: 鈥淪eason from a great height.鈥 Practice when garnishing veggies (like roasted broccoli), grains like a humble bowl of oats, and even sliced steak 鈥 after all, the inside hasn鈥檛 been seasoned yet, Blais reasoned.

Though many of us may be guilty of under-salting our food, soup is one item that鈥檚 easy to oversalt. That鈥檚 because salt blooms in hot liquids as it simmers. Blais urged cooks to be mindful of the amount of salt you add in and to give it time to dissolve before adding more.

After all this talk about salt, we wanted to know which foods he would never salt. He laughed and answered, 鈥淎nything naturally salty like clams. They live in the ocean and they have salinity. Or a salted prosciutto from Italy or Spanish jam贸n ib茅rico. You don鈥檛 need it.鈥 Alexa will even crack a joke if you ask how to salt something already seasoned like ham, but we鈥檒l let you discover her punchline on your own.

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