Salt has been a valuable commodity throughout history. Until refrigeration became common, it was a main ingredient in preserving perishables like meat. According to etymonline, the English word “salary” comes from Latin for “salt ration,” “salt buying money.” Apparently it was pretty important for the soldiers to buy their salt.
All that to say that I’m immensely grateful for salt after I managed to leave it out of all my cooking this week. Even curry and chipotle seasonings don’t substitute for salt. Bleh.
Fortunately, salt is also something that can be fairly easily added afterwards. I just take it less for granted now.