Inside My Mail Box – Salted Coffee 2


I don’t get a lot of mail. As I’ve gotten older I get more bills and less birthday invitations. It has been years since someone’s invited me to freeze tag, swimming and cake. Each month I do get a few special things – magazines. My mom subscribes me to a couple different ones. When one arrives it feels as though she is saying, “I love you. I’m thinking of you. I want to make your day a little better.”

Is it ironic or is it fate that the week I post something about salt, I get two magazines in the mail and they both have major salt articles?  Rachael Moeller Gorman’s, The (Surprising) Truth About Salt, combines a little salt history, a little salt myth and a little salt truth for a compelling look at what salt does to our bodies. According to her, and the six experts she quotes, salt for a normal, healthy person isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s necessary. As we all know, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Yes, Gorman’s article was in Good Housekeeping. Yes, I read magazines for moms. What can I say? Moms have good advice. My favorite one is Cook’s Illustrated. It’s a part mommy – part cooking obsessed read and it’s organized delightfully well. There’s a bit of history and discussion talk around each recipe, which is easily skipped if you’re so inclined. Between the recipes are helpful tips or in-depth looks at ingredients. The November/December issue has two pages dedicated to, you guessed it, salt.

Among the talk of brining, making garlic paste and deep-cleaning cast iron, I learned something about coffee! The Cook’s test kitchen found that adding an 1/8 teaspoon of salt to the coffee grounds of every 72-ounce pot reduced the perceived bitterness. Currently I am sipping my salted coffee and to be frank, it’s good.

I love you too mommy.


About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.


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