Salt was surely the first food seasoning. Prehistoric people got all the salt they needed from the meat that made up a large portion of their diet. When people started turning to agriculture as a reliable food supply, they discovered that salt-most likely from the sea-gave vegetables that salty flavor they craved. As the millennia passed, salt gradually made life more comfortable and certain as people learned to use it in order 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 purposes. You’ll be surprised by the following tips using salt.
It is possible to 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 this cleanup 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 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 then 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 work it over the spot until it’s gone. Restore the lustre of your wood with furniture polish.
If ants are bearing a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier.
Keep Rodent Control from infesting your pet’s house by washing down the interior walls and floor every couple of weeks with a solution of salt water.
Do you have 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 many hours. For fruit salad you’ll want to make sure your freshly cut fruit looks appetising when you serve the dish. To ensure that cut pears and apples retain their colour, soak them briefly in a bowl of lightly salted water.
Apples need a facelift? Soak them in mildly salted water to make the skin smooth .
Cheese is much to expensive to throw away because it’s become mouldy. Avoid the mold by wrapping the cheese in 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 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 is to clean up. 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… do not you agree?