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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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April 21, 2015
Salting your meat

You will notice that in many of my dishes I put coarse sea salt, rather than granular sea salt, on large meat cuts and whole birds that roast or braise for a long time. I also prefer coarse sea salt for finishing hot foods after they come out of the pan and I use the finer salt for salads and finishing dishes that cook quickly. In both cases I buy sea salt. I recommend that you have at least one of the coarse crystal salt and one fine crystal salt in the kitchen. If a recipe calls for coarse salt but you have none, use ordinary granular salt but reduce the amount by a third or half: fine granular salt is denser, a spoonful delivers more saltiness than an equal measure of bigger, airier salt crystals.