Low Sodium Diet - How To Create Flavorful Rice, Pasta, Or Vegetables Without Salting The Water
All of your life you have salted the cooking water. You don't even think that not salting the water is even possible. You might think all the salt and sodium goes down the drain. What about rice? The water gets absorbed along the with the salt. Naturally low sodium rice now becomes high sodium.
If the salt doesn't have a flavoring affect, then why do almost all recipes, cooks, restaurants, etc. salt the water. It is to make those usually bland foods a bit, or sometimes a lot salty, to add flavor. Well, you don't need to add salt to the water.
You can always use plain water to cook with, but that can dilute flavor and your concern is that your food will taste bland. If you want to add flavor, you can flavor-up anything you cook in water by adding ingredients to increase flavor. Vary the ingredients to accent what you are preparing.
Cooking tips to flavor the water without adding salt:
Tip: Taste the seasoned or flavored water before you add the rice or whatever you are cooking. You don't want any off tastes as they will cook and add that taste into the product. If you don't taste much, you can let it simmer a little longer. Taste again. You are not making a soup, you just want a bit of flavor in the water to transfer to the rice, pasta, grains, potatoes etc., to add some flavor. If you want more flavor, let the water reduce a little more or add more ingredients. This should do the trick.
Now take whatever pieces or chunks you are using out of the water. The flavor is spent. You want a clear broth. Drain in a colander over another pot or bowl, or lift out big pieces with a slotted spoon or spider utensil. If you want a perfectly clear broth, you will need to strain it through a fine sieve or a piece of cheesecloth.
Now cook your rice, pasta or vegetables in the flavored water or this simple quick broth.
Remember, many of these ingredients you just cooked will be used as a base. You most likely will be adding more flavor by adding or topping them with flavorful sauces like a pasta sauce, salad dressings, salsa, more chilies, vegetables, herbs and spices, salt-free seasonings, a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, etc.
Now you have rice, pasta, grains, and vegetables with lots of flavor and no salt added to the water.
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