Prehistoric people got all the salt that they needed from the meat that made up a sizable part of their diet. When people started turning to agriculture as a reliable food source, they discovered that salt-most probably from the sea-gave vegetables that salty flavor they craved. As the millennia passed, salt slowly made life more comfortable and certain as people learned to use it to preserve food, cure hides and heal wounds. Salt is an indispensable ingredient when you are cooking. Food is inedible without salt. But salt has many more functions. You will be surprised by the following tips using salt.
You can run out of elbow grease trying to scrub burnt-on stains off enamel pans. Soak the pan overnight in salt water. The stains should lift off.
Make short work of this cleanup after you have rolled out dough or kneaded breads. You can now neatly wipe away everything with a sponge. No longer sticky lumps.
Tea and coffee leave spots on cups and in pots. You can easily scrub away these unattractive rings by sprinkling salt unto a sponge and rubbing little circles across the ring. If the stain persists, combine white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and rub with a sponge.
Water marks on tables will disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the paste unto the ring using a soft cloth or sponge and operate it over the spot till it’s gone.
If ants are bearing a path to your house, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier.
Keep fleas from infesting your pet’s home by washing down the inside walls and floor every couple of weeks with a solution of salt water.
Do you need to prepare leafy salad in advance of a dinner party? Lightly salt the salad immediately after you prepare it and it’ll remain crisp for several hours. For fruit salad you’ll want to make sure that your freshly cut fruit looks appetising when you serve the dish. To make certain that cut pears and apples retain their color, soak them in a bowl of lightly salted water.
Apples require a facelift? Soak them in mildly salted water to make the skin smooth again.
Cheese is much to expensive to throw away because it’s become mouldy. Prevent the mold by wrapping the cheese at a serviette soaked in salt water before storing it in the refrigerator.
Not only can you test eggs for freshness with the addition of salt in a cup of water and gently placing the egg in the cup (fresh egg will sink) but if you ever dropped an uncooked egg, you know what a mess it would be to wash up. Cover the spill with salt. It will draw the egg together and it is easy to wipe it up with a sponge or paper towel.
Life made easier with a little salt… do not you agree?