Salt Uses & Tips








































In the Kitchen


  • Boiling Water - Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time (it does not make the water boil faster).

  • Peeling eggs - Eggs boiled in salted water peel more easily.

  • Poaching eggs - Poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg whites.

  • Testing egg freshness - Place the egg in a cup of water to which two teaspoonfuls of salt has been added. A fresh egg sinks; a doubter will float.

  • Preventing browning - Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.

  • Shelling pecans - Soaking pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling will make nut meats easier to remove.

  • Washing spinach - If spinach is washed in salted water, repeated cleanings will not be necessary.

  • Preventing sugaring - A little salt added to cake icings prevents them from sugaring.

  • Crisping salads - Salting salads immediately before serving will keep them crisp.

  • Improving boiled potatoes - Boiled potatoes will be given a fine, mealy texture by sprinkling with salt after draining, then returning them to the pan and shaking them back and forth quickly to get rid of the excess moisture.

  • Improving coffee - A pinch of salt in coffee will enhance the flavor and remove the bitterness of over-cooked coffee.

  • Improving poultry - To improve the flavor of poultry, rub the fowl inside and out with salt before roasting.

  • Preventing food from sticking - Rub a pancake griddle with a small bag of salt to prevent sticking and smoking. Sprinkle a little salt in the skillet before frying fish to prevent the fish from sticking. Sprinkle salt on washed skillets, waffle iron plates or griddles, heat in a warm oven, dust off salt; when they are next used, foods will not stick.

  • Preventing mold - To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.

  • Whipping cream and beating egg whites - By adding a pinch of salt, cream will whip better and egg whites will beat faster and higher.

  • Keeping milk fresh - Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer.

  • Setting gelatin - To set gelatin salads and desserts quickly, place over ice that has been sprinkled with salt.

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