IT ONLY TAKES A PINCH OF SALT
Can you describe the taste of salt? It is indispensable in our diet and for enjoyment.
Our value as a human being is irreplaceable above all else.
I have a post comparing the two – come read a little food for thought.
Can you describe the taste of salt to someone?
We know that a balanced of salt is an essential component to a healthy diet. In fact, it is important to consume salt as part of our diet for our bodies to function properly.
Do you know how indispensable it is in many of our foods, even in very small amounts for flavor and preserving?
Why do we use salt in cooking?
It brings out the flavors to heighten and enhance.
- Salt can bring out the natural sweetness a tomato holds inside its skin.
- When sprinkled on chicken, beef, lentils, beans and other proteins it expands the flavors to their fullest.
- As we put the right amount of salt on our food, it brings out the very best taste and satisfaction in the food you are preparing.
There’s another common way to use salt when cooking, and that is to prevent food from tasting bitter.
A little bit of salt added to dark chocolate makes it taste sweeter!
Not Quite Right
Let me share an experience I had with salt.
When my family of five kids were all still at home and young, I often make bread to save money and because it tasted sssooo good.
Well, one particular day I gathered everything together as I always did to make the bread dough.
I mixed the ingredients.
Then began to knead. I remember it felt great as I turned and pushed the dough from the outside into the center; over and over until the dough felt the perfect elasticity of kneaded bread dough.
I prepared the bowl, and set it to rise.
After the right amount of time, I stuck the tips of my fingers into the dough, and it left an indent, signaling the dough was ready to be formed.
Now it was time to prepared the bread pans and put the perfect dough in, allowing it to rise again.
After the second rising, they were set to go!
The oven was heated and the family was alerted because, dum, dum, dum – the bread was going into the oven.
As the bread baked the kids and hubby shuffled in and out of the kitchen asking continually, ‘when is it done?’
Finally, the bread was the right color of brown.
I tipped it out of the pan, thumped the bottom and it sounded hollow, signaling the bread was cooked through and not doughy.
I brought out the butter and homemade jam while we all tried to wait patiently for it to cool enough to cut.
Finally, the highly anticipated moment arrived!
Butter was slathered across the top while jam dripped off the sides of the freshly cut bread.
Almost in unison we each took a bite of our piece of bread…….
Something was wrong!
It was edible, well sort of.
I mean you could eat it, but even the butter and jam could not conceal the incorrect flavor. It was missing something, something vital, what was it?
I quickly looked over the recipe and realized I had forgotten the salt! The recipe only required a small amount of salt, but it made all the difference in the outcome in a perfect loaf, verses an ok loaf of bread.
That is exactly how it is in our own life.
Sometimes we may feel that we cannot possibly make a difference with our tiny bit of talent, or small amount of skill, or very little time or seemingly slight resources.
Yet however, a seemingly trivial to use the act or effort might be to us, when done to bring about good, it could change everything for another person.
If you still feel that in this big wide world of complications, large governments, complex politics and so many problematic issues that are out of our control, that our actions and righteous desires could not possibly matter.
I promise that our compassion, sympathy, thoughtfulness and consideration IS the salt to transform the formula in a family, neighborhood and community, more then we can imagine.
How does it work?
How CAN we make a difference, even a small one?
Let’s go to our salt analogy for the answer.
- Salt is indispensable to life
We are indispensable to helping others have a way for a happy and joyful life – if we choose to live our own life that way.
- Salt has been used as a preserver in foods for thousands and thousands of years.
We are a preserver of all that is right and good and living an honorable life that can be a trusted legacy for others to follow.
- Salt heals wounds and is often used medicinally
We can heal wounds of hurt, loneliness, sorrow and pain as we edify, lift and show compassion to others, making their burdens easier to carry.
- Salt on its own never goes bad. Did you know that salt will stay good forever unless it is contaminated?
We also have the way to stay good and useful. By following God’s commandments, choosing the right and making amends when we need to. It’s critical that daily we check for any contaminants that will make us less beneficial in the noble work we need to accomplish.
Notice these salts are different varieties and strength in taste. Yet all are perfect when used for the purpose intended and in the amount needed.
That is how it is for us also.
Sometimes our life may pass briefly with another, and it would be like the white every day salt, used in very small amounts on your plate. Your positive influence will linger and still have an impact.
Other times, like the darker more intense salt, our lives are intertwined year-after-year-after-year for a deep, rich and lasting effect that reaches through posterity.
In Matthew 5:13 of the King James Version the scripture says:
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
To be the salt in our family and to those we love, is to add savor.
What is Savor?
- May I suggest that savor could include being a trusted guide who chooses God and Christ as our model and daily influence.
- Savor is when we are truthful even when it could bring difficult consequences.
- Savor is when we stand for correct principles despite the opinion of those around us.
- Savor is when we choose to live high morals and a life of integrity over popularity or instant gratification.
- These are just a few of the critical components of balance in the recipe for real joy and happiness.
Remember, it is essential that we are that little bit of salt that makes all the difference.
We can do this!
It’s worth the extra effort to be the ‘salt’ in the life of our family, our loved ones and those we encounter briefly, or for years. Even when we are tired or feel discouraged because we know the importance of looking forward.
The savor we give now, and leave, as we sprinkle good on the lives of others; by using our talents, skills, time and resources will last long. I dare say, even after we are gone in many instances.
That is how we leave an honorable legacy.
And as we try daily to find ways to be ‘salt’ in the life of our family and others, we become a little better every day and our joy is so full, that it fills our soul and spreads to all around us. That is savor.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019
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