I don't want to be accused

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by fire in the hole, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. I was just reading the "hijacking and killing" thred when 1 of the posters mentioned egg shell or salt or baking soda addition to the brewing basket.

    When you are eating out at a resturant..........and they have terrible bitter coffee.......use the salt shaker on the table. Just one slight shake will make your coffee taste good..........and no.......you can't taste the salt.  I've been doing this for years.
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Coffee is one of those make or break things about a restaurant.  If the coffee isn't any good I can just about bet you nothing else will be worth ordering. 
  3. I add a few shakes of the old NaCl to the coffee basket quite often. Good tip.
  4. Interesting.  Cant quite get my head around the idea that salt would improve the taste of coffee. Still, when served with a substandard beverage just about anything is worthwhile trying to salvage it.... and I've learned from experience that no amount of sugar works.  I gave up and bought my own expresso machine so I can make it the way that I like it..  Life is too short for bad coffee. 


    West Australia
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This one is getting out of hand.  [​IMG]

    I used to take my mom out with her friend after my father died.  He would shake the salt in his wine and say it was the only way to go.

    He got offended if I pushed his hand with the salt shaker away from my glass of wine.

    Go figger!

    Good luck and good smoking.

  6. it works fer beer too, and ina good dark beer a lil pepper is nice too
  7. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey Big Casino

    Don't Hijack the Thread!   We are talking about salt in coffee,  not pepper in Beer!   [​IMG]    HeHe!  

    If the coffee is really bad I put ceam and sugar in it, other then that straight out of the pot.
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    LOL...My Grandfather had a Beer with S & P and a raw Egg every night before bed, as little kids we would gather and cringe as that slimy Egg would slip into his mouth!...In any event...Salt Ions have the ability to block the Bitter sensing taste sensors on our tongue while stimutating the other sensors to make them work better, so alittle salt makes Coffee and Bitter Beer better...Here are the links to the Alton Brown Good Eats segments that I would show my students...The explanation starts at 2:30 of segment 1 and ends at the beginning of 2 but if you have time all three segments are informative and goes into some detail about Salt types and a recipe for Praline BACON!...In case the links don't work go to Youtube.com and search...Good Eats The Ballad of Salty and Sweet...JJ

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  9. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Your Grand dad did what...??? Man Ive now heard everything. Yes he probably lived to a ripe old age but egg in beer down here [​IMG]they would call the mental health team& have you assessed. The salty ,sweet thing fits Thai food which relies on fish sauce ,palm sugar, then chilli for the heat tamarind,lime for the sour, & so on. A great school of cookery going back 1000s of years.

    Salt in wine[​IMG]  the man needs help Venture & an introduction to GOOD Aussie wine not that added sugar Yellowtail rubbish.
  10.    I saw that "Good Eats" show. very interesting. They even put salt in chocolate for the same reason. Who'd a thunk it.



  11. [​IMG] oh no here come the topic cops...[​IMG]
  12. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    One of my favorite snacks is pretzels and chocolate . now i know why.
  13. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd originally heard the salt in coffee thing from truckers and sailors, both of whom I suppose are regularly subjected to pretty awful coffee, but drink a lot of it. Another trick, if you'll forgive a slight hijack, is to add 1/4tsp of baking soda to a batch of sweet tea. It alters the ph and removes just about all the bitterness, resulting in the most velvety smooth tea you've ever had. I can't remember, but I may have seen this one on Alton Brown's show as well.
  14. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You are just a pleutoria of knowledge aren't you.    Baking soda in tea?  I watch a lot of Alton Brown and that's a new one on me.  Oh that's right   you are on the East Coast so you are a step ahead of us Central time zone guys!
  15. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm beginning to feel like I'm being razzed for acting like a know-it-all. I guess I deserve that. Like I said, it may not have been from Good Eats, I can't recall exactly where I first heard it. For all I know, it's something everyone, especially those in the South, knew about all along. I do know it really works though. And the salt in the coffee does too. Next time you're in a dive truckstop try it out.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  16. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    If anybody is razin you send them my way!  No those are all good ideas,  the baking soda in the tea I had never heard,  I have a pot of iced tea I made yesterday sitting on the counter that could probably use a bit of touch up before I have a glass.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  17. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Try some booze it will make you a lot happier 
  18. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That can also back fire by judging the quality of the coffee to the quality of the food; some McDonalds have pretty good coffee!
  19. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My grandmother always put a pinch of salt in with her grounds when she made coffee. Now I know why, her coffee always tasted so good.

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