Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Reader Advice Day: Your Favorite Salt Substitutes

I've actually been wanting to write this post for a few weeks now. I was hoping to compile a list, with every one's help, of salt free seasonings or salt substitutes that work well to replace the salt in Plant-based soups, stews, casseroles, dressings, etc. While I have been moving towards eliminating the salt in my own home cooked food for many years now, I was still relying on a dash of salt at the end of the cooking process to ensure that the food I made tasted good to me.

When I started The Eat to Live Cookbook Project, I vowed to myself that I would no longer use Kosher salt or table salt in my cooking, but rather any one of the many salt substitutes I had collected over the years. And I have collected many.

But I'm still really new at this thing, and wanting to experiment with salt substitutes that I don't have yet or haven't even heard of. Things like Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest and MatoZest. Those are high on my list of what I'll be trying next. I've heard some complaints about the cost of those seasonings, but I have also read that if you compare the volume of what you are buying for the price of other salt substitutes, there really is no premium on the Dr. Fuhrman products. They just seem expensive because you are buying a lot. And when you prepare many salt free dishes every week, you really start to use this stuff up quickly!

Edited to note: On second look, those Dr. Fuhrman salt substitutes cost about twice as much as Mrs. Dash, but they are still less expensive than Benson's Table Tasty (my fave) and Bragg Organic Sprinkle (the most expensive of the three). So if anyone has tried VegiZest or MatoZest, please let us know if they are worth it!

Anyway, here's the e-mail I received today that prompted this discussion:

"Hi Wendy,

You don't know me, but I saw you had an e-mail on your website for people to write so I'm taking advantage and doing so.

First and most important: Thank you for previewing all of the recipes from ETL. I actually preordered the book, so I've been slowly making my way through it, now guiding my choices based off of your feedback. Your posts are so very helpful!

I do have one question, though, that maybe you wouldn't mind answering via e-mail?

I really can't afford Fuhrman's MatoZest and VeggiZest, and some recipes as you know in his book call for these seasonings.

Here's my question:
I was curious if you are using his salt-free seasoning blends or if you've found something affordable in most grocery stores to use instead?

Since you're in Ohio (I'm in Indiana), I was hoping that if you were using an alternative that you might be willing to tell me the brands? All of my relatives live in Ohio so even if there is a regional difference between what you're able to get and what I can get, maybe my aunt and uncle in Cleveland could pick-up the kinds you use, for instance.

Thanks again for taking on this project and just for being such an inspirational blogger PERIOD. I always look forward to getting an alert in my inbox that you've posted something new. :) I may not be a good person when it comes to leaving comments (I usually browse on my phone so typing is cumbersome) but I hope you don't take my lack of commenting as a lack of enthusiasm.


Well, j.o.m., I'm pretty into Benson's Table Tasty right now, Salt-free Mrs. Dash and Bragg Organic Sprinkle. The Benson's is only available on their website or As you can see from the photo above, I've got quite a few, but those are the three that I have been using for the past three weeks.

Here's my current faves again with links so that you can read about them:

I'm really interested in what the group has to say about this subject. So please take the time to leave a comment if you have something to say about salt free seasonings. Which ones have you loved? Which ones have you tossed in the garbage?
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