Using Salt Around the House

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Prehistoric people got all the salt they had from the meat that made up a large portion of their diet. When people started turning to agriculture as a more reliable food supply, they found that salt-most probably from the sea-gave veggies that salty taste they craved. As the millennia passed, salt slowly made life more comfortable and certain as people learned to use it in order to preserve food, heal 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’ll be surprised by the following tips using salt.

You can run out of elbow grease trying to wash burnt-on stains off enamel pans. Soak the pan overnight in salt water. The stains should lift right off.

Make short work of the clean-up after you have rolled out dough or kneaded breads. Now you can neatly wipe everything away with a sponge. No more sticky lumps.

Tea and coffee leave stains on cups and in pots. You may easily scrub away these unattractive rings by sprinkling salt unto a sponge and rubbing in little circles throughout the ring. If the stain persists, combine white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and rub with a sponge.

Water marks on tables will evaporate by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the glue unto the ring using a soft cloth or sponge and work it over the spot until it’s gone.

If ants are bearing a path to your house, intercept them by sprinkling salt throughout 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 interior walls and floor every few weeks with a solution of salt water.

Do you have to prepare leafy salad ahead of a dinner party? Lightly salt the salad immediately after you prepare it and it’ll remain crisp for many hours. For fruit salad you will want to be certain 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 need a facelift? Soak them in mildly salted water to make the skin smooth again.

Cheese is much to expensive to throw away because it has become mouldy. Prevent the mold by wrapping the cheese in a serviette soaked in salt water before storing it in the refrigerator.

Not only can you test eggs for freshness by adding salt in a cup of water and lightly placing the egg in the cup (fresh egg will sink) but in the event you ever dropped an uncooked egg, you know what a mess it is to clean up. Cover the spill with salt. It will draw the egg together and you can easily wipe it up with a sponge or paper towel.

Life made easier with a little salt… don’t you agree?

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