Salt was surely the first food seasoning. Prehistoric people got all the salt that they needed from the meat which made up a sizable part of their diet. When people began turning to agriculture as a more reliable food supply, they discovered that salt-most probably from the sea-gave vegetables 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’re cooking. Food is inedible without salt. But salt has many more purposes. You will be surprised at the following tips using salt.
It is possible to 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 right off.
Make short work of the clean-up after you have rolled out dough or kneaded breads. You can now neatly wipe everything away with a sponge. No more sticky lumps.
Tea and coffee leave stains on cups and in pots. You can easily scrub these unsightly rings by sprinkling salt unto a sponge and rubbing in little circles across the ring. If the stain persists, mix 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 with a soft cloth or sponge and operate it over the spot until it’s gone.
If ants are bearing a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths.
Keep fleas from infesting your pet’s home by washing down the interior walls and floor every couple of weeks with a solution of salt water.
Do you need to prepare leafy salad ahead of a dinner party? Lightly salt the salad immediately after you prepare it and it will remain crisp for several hours. For fruit salad you will want to be certain that your freshly cut fruit looks appetising when you serve the dish. To ensure that cut apples and pears 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. Avoid the mold by wrapping the cheese at a serviette soaked in salt water before storing it in the fridge.
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. It will draw the egg together and you can easily wipe it up with a sponge or paper towel.
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