Salty is one the five basic flavors. It is said to be a “one dimensional” and can't be recreated by blending the others – sweet, bitter, sour and umami. What you ought to know about salt:
Salt has an ability to turn our ability to sense multi-dimensional tastes on and off. It is a chemical compund that is not only vital to bodily functions such as regulating sweating and blood pressure, it also awakens the taste receptors in your mouth.
- Salt in a recipe is more accurately provided by weight than by volume.
- All salt melts.
- The sensation of salt in food is highly individual.
- Too much salt is not good for you – but no matter how much you use in your home cooking, processed foods probably contain more.
Read more about salt and the other basic flavors: Taste, the basics