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By Fraya Berg for Food Network Kitchen
Fraya is a chef and a contributing writer at Food Network.
If you’ve cooked many of the Food Network Kitchen recipes, you’ve probably noticed that we call for kosher salt in most of our savory recipes. If you’ve never used it, it stands to reason that you’ve wondered what Kosher salt is, why it’s called kosher salt and whether it really any different from regular table salt.
What Is Kosher Salt?
Kosher salt is a pure salt that is a fairly large-grained salt, that was originally used in the process of making meat kosher. Its purpose was to pull all of the blood out of the meat going through the koshering process, so that the meat would meet the standards of the Jewish dietary laws. Over time, it became known as kosher salt everywhere, and used by everyone.