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I always put in the seasonings as I cook. I don't hardly ever use salt, but everything else goes in as the food cooks. Not sure if it makes a difference or not. I've never done it the other way.
 

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I don't often use salt while I cook (depends on the dish) and I only apply it afterwards to certain things. You know. Like a baked potato or something that needs salt.

Pepper I add afterwards. And I would say yes, it does make a difference. It makes it taste all peppery and stuff.

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Adding salt while cooking adds depth to the flavour. I usually put in the salt and pepper while cooking (and any other seasonings). It makes a difference in the end flavour, at least, to me.
 

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Salt and Pepper always after the food is cooked. And then hardly ever salt.

I think it makes a difference because most foods dont really need a lot of salt added and you really wouldnt know until after they are cooked.
 

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You can season food more effectively with less salt if you add it while cooking so it has a chance to really blend into the dish. With pepper, it depends. If you're cooking something at high heat or for a long time, you don't want to add pepper too soon, because it can scorch.
 

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A little salt added to the cooking water, during cooking rice, pasta, beans and potatoes will infuse through the food and add dimension, depth and flavor without needing to add as much as you would after the food is cooked.

You'll add more salt if you add it after the food is cooked, as you're just flavoring the surface of the food.
 

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Salt you can add while you cook - carefully, though. Pepper - wait until after, because it loses it's flavor in any heat. You can only taste it if it hasn't been cooked - and the taste of Fresh black pepper is not something you want to miss.
 

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Good question! I usually add it after cooking, however the posts recommending adding it during cooking have persuaded me to try it that way also. I recomment Kosher salt which has more flavor and a little less sodium per serving and is used in gourmet cooking.
 
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