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The tongue wants what it wants, and rarely consults the brain first. There are workarounds, like training yourself to taste first, then salt. It's not so easy when you are cooking for a group. I had two children who would automatically salt everything before tasting it, one who decided to give up salt completely, and a husband who complained my cooking was too salty. I just gave up and started preparing everything without salt. I knew what was in the recipe so I began salting my portion before I ate it, and the youngest kids began thinking that was the normal way to do it. Even in restaurants. Strangely, they never picked up my husband's habit of peppering everything before tasting it. I think he did that to keep other people away from his food. This is the latest comic from The Awkward Yeti.

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This reminds me of the "Salted Food Test," where Thomas Edison would take a job applicant to dinner. If that person salted their food without tasting it, Edison wouldn't hire that person because he obviously ignored the available data before jumping to conclusion.
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