The temperature was 40 degrees outside. Brrr! It was chilly! We passed on sitting outside to watch the football game and instead opted for listening to it on the radio. Inside. By the fire. Where it was toasty. The weather outside was chilly which made it a good night for chili. A steaming bowl of hot chili.
Who doesn’t love chili?!
If you’ve ever lived in Oklahoma or Texas, you’ve eaten a bowl or two of chili. There are more variations to the recipe for chili than Carter’s has liver pills.
Ours began with ground turkey. We were going for the leaner variation. Once browned, we added a jar of chili starter and a can of pinto beans. Time to taste. It was lacking something. To the pantry for a can of corn. Another taste. And black beans. Taste test #3. And more chili seasoning. Each taste brought a new ingredient. Something was missing. It lacked pizzazz.
A healthy dose of sea salt (sea salt contains less iodine than table salt), and it was complete! That’s what it was missing!
Salt is so much more than simply a flavor enhancer. The two major components of salt, chloride and sodium ions, are necessary for all living creatures. Salt also regulates our body’s water content. All four cationic electrolytes, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium are found in unrefined salt. It is one of the five elements of taste perception, salt, bitter, sweet, sour, and umami (found in MSG).
Did you know that when we add salt to our food it is helping certain molecules more easily release into the air and increasing the aroma of the food which is crucial in our perception of taste?
The word salt is even used in the bible 40 times.
So see, in a round about way, a hearty bowl of chili not only warms your insides, but your soul!
Let’s all go out into the world today, no matter how cold a place it may be, and be the salt shakers on the proverbial pot of chili. Let’s enhance others instead of leaving them bland. Alot of salt may not be good for the heart, but it’s great for the soul! Salt is good. And so is chili!
Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
Love and laughter,