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More Spice, Slightly Less Salt
on May 12, 2011
There seems to be some confusion about the sodium content of this product. I've been on a sodium restricted diet before, so I know this stuff is important. Here's a brief rundown:
* Regular table salt has about 580 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. (Kosher salt and sea salt will have a little less, generally due to different shapes of the crystals).
* TONY CHACHERE'S ORIGINAL CREOLE SEASONING (not this product) is a blend of salt, pepper and Creole spices (particularly Cayenne pepper). It has 310 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. The label says "Use it like salt. When it's salty enough, it's seasoned to perfection." In other words, you don't take a salty food and dump Tony's seasoning all over it and then complain about the salt. You take a bland food, put Tony's seasoning on it and then enjoy your 'perfectly seasoned' (according to the manufacturer) food. Normally when you cook, you salt and pepper to taste. So you put in some salt, taste, maybe add some more salt. Then add pepper, taste and maybe add some more pepper. The manufacturer's claim as I understand it is that this product already has the perfect salt/pepper proportion, so all you have to do is add product, taste for salt, and then stop adding product when the salt level is to your liking.
* TONY CHACHERE'S MORE SPICE SEASONING (this product) cuts back slightly on the salt and adds lots more spice. This product contains 290 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. However, you generally use less than you would of the original, so in effect, you would be using less salt.
* TONY CHACHERE'S SALT FREE SEASONING (not this product) substitutes Potassium Chloride for salt. It has 0 mg of sodium per serving, and plenty of potassium. If you're sensitive to potassium or to chloride, then this product probably won't be any better for you than the regular stuff. If you're trying to cut down on salt, it might help. As with most potassium chloride products, it has a bit of a metallic taste to it that some people find off-putting. In my opinion, this product is best used by adding it to food during the cooking process, and maybe finishing off with some salt or salt blend after cooking.
* TONY CHACHERE'S LITE SEASONING (not this product) is similar to the Salt Free Seasoning, but it adds about 1/2 salt and about 1/2 potassium chloride. In my opinion, it tastes much, much better than the salt free variety. The actual salt in the product helps to reduce or even eliminate the metallic taste of the potassium chloride. This product has 110 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon.
* TONY CHACHERE'S SPICE N HERBS SEASONING (not this product) is similar to the MORE SPICE product, with 280 mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon, except instead of adding an extra dose of hot pepper, they add things like garlic and Italian herbs. It's an excellent all-purpose seasoning for fish, chicken, tomato sauce and other savory dishes.
Anyway, I hope that helps. All of these are excellent seasonings, depending on your mood and the particular culinary application. This particular product is excellent in soups, stews, added to vegetables, added to eggs after cooking, and added to meats. It even goes well on some fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya, etc.