Kosher Salt or Christian Salt?

During a discussion on a hangout the other day about Sodom and Gomorrah, I made the joke that when God turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt, being from the Jewish scriptures I presumed that it was kosher salt. A Facebook friend then linked to this article from a few years ago about a guy selling Christian salt, which I’d written about at the time but forgotten about. It’s worth revisiting.

Retired barber Joe Godlewski says he was inspired by television chefs who repeatedly recommended kosher salt in recipes.

“I said, ‘What the heck’s the matter with Christian salt?'” Godlewski said, sipping a beer in the living room of his home in unincorporated Cresaptown, a western Maryland mountain community…

It’s sea salt that’s been blessed by an Episcopal priest, ICA President Damon S. Arney said Wednesday. He said the company also hopes to market the salt through Christian bookstores and as a fundraising tool for religious groups.

Blessed by an Episcopal priest? But the Episcopal church is gay-friendly and even has gay priests and bishops. This salt has gay cooties! Run away!

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  • Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    The stupid, it burns. Especially since ‘kosher’ salt is so called because it’s used in the process of preparing kosher meant, not that the salt itself has been blessed by a rabbi. The defining characteristic is the size of the grains. I strongly suspect that this dipshit is selling regular table salt instead, which is considerably finer grained.

  • eamick

    Having grown up in that part of Maryland, I can believe every bit of it, and I apologize profusely. It’s one of the two red parts of the state, the other part being the Eastern Shore.

  • Ysidro

    Went to high school down that way. Parents still live down there. I shouldn’t be as surprised as I am.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Kosher salt is not enough.

    I want KOSHEST salt!

  • BrianX

    I remember that story. I’m not sure the stuff is even on the market anymore, although it was basically just sea salt. (I don’t know about the texture.) I recall thinking it was actually slightly anti-semitic.

  • laurentweppe

    Now I know that sooner or later, Pam Geller will push for a boycott of McDonald because they use “halal salt”

  • John Hinkle

    It’s sea salt that’s been blessed by an Episcopal priest…

    Blessed by a priest, huh? Could I have a side order of paint hardener and under-carriage protection with that?

  • vilstef

    Next out of the gate, we need MORMON salt from the Great Salt Lake (or the Bonneville Salt Flats) Let the crazy salt wars begin!

  • composer99

    It appears that, generally, kosher salt is a coarser-grained salt used to make/process foods such that they meet the requirements for being kosher. It is otherwise standard table salt (sodium chloride).

    As such, calls for “Christian” salt appear to miss the point.

  • Alverant

    What’s next, a boycott of Good Eats reruns because AB uses Kosher Salt and in one episode talked about why it’s called that?

  • Randomfactor

    Next up: Christian Dill Pickles!

  • josephmccauley

    I worked for the food service during college. During Passover I was sent out to stores to buy up all the matzoh I could find and to get some “kosher soap”. I thought they were kidding, like I was to find a skyhook or a left-handed monkey wrench. All day long my boss pestered me, but I would not bite. Finally he relented and explained the deal about kosher soap. I learned something that day, and my reward was to be put in charge of the kosher kitchen. Nice duty for the Irish-Catholic kid!???!

  • D. C. Sessions

    FWIW, kosher salt is also pretty much pure sodium chloride — no additives. I’m a big fan of iodized salt for health reasons, and I personally use the “Lite” salt that’s 60% potassium chloride because it’s the cheapest potassium supplement around and I leak potassium. All that said, however, baking yeast doesn’t seem to like the iodine and really chokes on all that potassium, so we use “kosher” salt for baking bread.

    And I profoundly doubt that having a priest casting spells on the salt is going to impress the yeast.

  • leftwingfox

    The defining characteristic is the size of the grains.

    Shape actually; medium-sized flakes. Flat surface means more sticks to the surface of the meat, without getting instantly dissolved. No added iodine either, which can be a problem depending on the rest of your diet.

  • dugglebogey

    Kosher salt is not kosher! It’s for “koshering” or removing excess moisture from the surface of meat.

    It’s like “French Fries”…They’re not from France, they’re “Frenched” which is a style of cutting. People who sell “American Fries” are fucking retarded…

  • Reginald Selkirk

    OK, but will it go with halal pepper?

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    I suppose that it goes without saying that this is a scam on the xtian rubes. No doubt there is a price premium on the Christian Salt due to the difficulty in purifying (spiritually, I mean) the salt.

    Next up: Pastafarian Salt. Useable only on spaghetti, ravioli, and the like. I’m copyrighting and patenting the idea, by the way, so you’re all too late! Hah hah hah. I’ll make a fortune!!!!!111one111!

  • chilidog99

    One if the reasons that chefs recommend Kosher salt ( asides from its courser texture , which makes it stick to the food better) is that it has no additives and is not sea salt.

    Anyone (especially rural farm wives) that does home canning knows that kosher salt is the way to go. It is supurior to the “pickling salt” and produces a better home pickle product.

  • exdrone

    You can produce fundamentalist christian salt through a chemical reaction of acidic criticism and base morality.

  • whheydt

    Why an I suddenly reminded of the scene is Wilmar Shiras book “Children of the Atom” where one of the kids concludes that Lot’s wife’s name was Esther….and then explains his reasoning for the non-chemists in the group.

  • bad Jim

    What the fuck is it with the absence of foodies on this website? If you aren’t familiar with artisanal salts you must not be Southern Californians. Here’s the first item found by googling “Jurassic salt”.