There are several common reasons why your food can end up being over-salted. Understanding these factors can help you avoid this issue and achieve perfectly seasoned food. Here are a few reasons why food can become over-salted:

  1. Incorrect type of salt used: It's important to pay attention to the type of salt mentioned in the recipe. Using table salt instead of kosher salt or vice versa can lead to oversalting. The density and saltiness levels of different types of salt vary, so using the right one is crucial.
  2. Lack of taste-testing while cooking: As you cook and add various ingredients, the flavors evolve and intensify. That's why recipes often recommend salting at different stages and tasting along the way. By gradually seasoning your food and tasting as you go, you can prevent oversalting.
  3. Excessive liquid evaporation: If you leave your soup simmering for an extended period, the liquid may evaporate more than expected. As a result, the saltiness can become concentrated, leading to an oversalted taste. Be mindful of the cooking time and liquid levels, and adjust accordingly.
  4. Hidden sources of salt: Ingredients such as spice mixes, boxed broths, condensed soups, cheeses, or shortcut additions like tortellini or rotisserie chicken may contain varying levels of sodium. It's essential to check labels for salt content and taste the soup after adding these ingredients before adding additional salt. By being mindful of these factors and taking the necessary precautions, you can avoid oversalting your food and ensure a perfectly balanced flavor profile. 

  5. Remember to taste as you go, use the correct type of salt, and be aware of hidden sources of sodium in your ingredients. With practice, you'll become more adept at achieving the ideal seasoning for your soups.

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