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Moron NY Law Maker Wants Salt Banned in Restaurant Cooking

This meat has no salt

New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is one of the most idiotic morans to hold office this decade–and the decade is young, so I’m sure there wil be plenty of contenders. But in the meantine, Ortiz, a Democrat for Brooklyn who is obviously dumber than my dog and gives the party a bad name by being such an utter idiot–wants to ban salt from food preparation.  Bill A 10129 proposes that

NO OWNER OR OPERATOR OF A RESTAURANT IN THIS STATE SHALL USE SALT IN ANY FORM IN THE PREPARATION OF ANY FOOD FOR CONSUMPTION BY CUSTOMERS OF SUCH RESTAURANT,
INCLUDING FOOD PREPARED TO BE CONSUMED ON THE PREMISES OF SUCH RESTAURANT OR OFF OF SUCH PREMISES.

Um, you need salt for baked goods. Salt and baking soda provide the necessary chemical reaction in order for cookies and cakes to rise.

Folk tales from England, German, Austria and India allude to the need of salt in cooking, as does Shakespeare’s King Lear. The stories are all basically the same: The youngest of three daughters declares her love for her father to be the same as fresh meat for salt; she is sent away then returns in secret at a banquet where to food is prepared without salt. The guests are unhappy, the king realizes his error and all is forgiven.

Salt in small amounts is a necessity for cooking and living. Our taste buds recognize four flavors–sweet, salty, sour and bitter–plus the mysterious umami.  Our bodies’ hardwired  needs for salt and sugar may have been manipulated with food stuffs for centuries, but they still exist for a reason: Survival. Sugar alerts us food is safe; salt’s elemental compounds are necessary for cellular processes. Anyway…

If Ortiz’ half-baked salt-less bill passes, anyone who uses salt will be fined $1000 a pinch!And the bill further states that no one needs to have been damaged by the use of salt in food–the offending ingredient just has to have been used. Quick Batili, Flay, Mina and Legasse! Hide the shaker, the salt police are here!

So much for baked goods, bagels, pizza, fleur-de-sel caramels, smoked salmon, dim sum, prosciutto, all of  New York’s famous ethnic foods, and well, most prepared food as we know it.

[HT Huffington Post]

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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