pitamuffin wrote:Anyone used this? Does it make the food too salty?
I ordered this item a couple of weeks back, and I used it for the first time a week ago. Since I have an electric stove, I used the ring from a springform pan to hold it over the burner and gradually heat it up.
I was perhaps paranoid about cracking it, so I took around 45 minutes of slowly raising the heat before cooking some scallops and cod on it. They weren't too salty at all -- just right, in fact.
From what I've read, if you don't have the salt block hot enough, food can end up too salty. My infrared thermometer topped out at 350 degrees, so I know I got the salt hotter than that -- I'm guessing between 400-450 degrees. At that temperature, between the heat and the weight of the block, the top of my stove around that burner was noticeably sagging, but once the weight was removed and it cooled down, everything was back to normal.
It's a fun but not terribly practical method of cooking, given how much time you need to preheat the slab. But for sheer dramatic presentation, it's great! I just left it on the stovetop as I cooked, but you could carefully move it to something very heatproof tableside and do an impressive cooking performance for your guests. I wish I had known about this when I was a single man...