Why do we say Salt to taste and don't say salt according to taste or salt for taste?

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    Because people like to shorten things when they can. – Mynamite Jun 2 '15 at 14:42
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    @Pratyaksh: It's no more "awkward" than a work-to-rule, which is a lot less trouble than the union representative calling on the men to support a work according to [the] rule [book]. – FumbleFingers Jun 2 '15 at 14:47
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    Well...... only if you're not accustomed to it, as is clearly your case. But it sounds perfectly normal to me. See Yohann's answer - this is what people understand by the phrase. – Mynamite Jun 2 '15 at 14:47
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    Salt: v 1. To add, treat, season, or sprinkle with salt. [ AHDEL] // to taste [phrase] 3 According to personal liking: add salt and pepper to taste [ Oxford Dictionaries] – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 '15 at 16:54
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    Why is it worded that way? ..There's no accounting for taste. – ipso Jun 2 '15 at 17:17

It is a shortcut for

salt [according] to [your] taste

Transversal post : http://www.thekitchn.com/food-science-salting-to-taste-49868

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    Actually, what it means is "Salt until it's too salty, then remove some of the salt." – Hot Licks Jun 2 '15 at 15:47
  • And because "Add salt to taste" sounds like a rebus. – Rache Jun 2 '15 at 16:35
  • I can't find evidence that this deletion has occurred in your linked article. Please quote this. And how do we know that the original wasn't 'Add salt according to your taste'? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 '15 at 17:00

It's obviously a deleted form.

The only evidence that I can think of that the word 'Add' (salt being the noun) has not been dropped from an original is that the parallel

'Dilute to taste'

is also used. However, there is an argument for the contrary:

'Spices (to taste)'

is used, and 'Add' must have been deleted here.

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    But salt, dilute and even season are verbs (or can be). Spices isn't, or at least not in this context (you could say "he spices up every meal he cooks by adding..." but then the verb is spices up. – Chris H Jun 2 '15 at 17:18
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    @ChrisH So Chris now i know that you're trying to say that here salt is treated as a verb similar to season or sprinkle. Right? – Pratyaksh Sharma Jun 2 '15 at 17:59
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    @PratyakshSharma, that's how I read it. It makes the instruction a sentence with a verb rather than a fragment, so I believe that's how many recipe writers see it as well (the ones that generally write in full sentences at least). – Chris H Jun 2 '15 at 19:51

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