Kitchen Tips

  • 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 – Boiling eggs in salted water will make eggs peel 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.
  • Extinguishing grease fires – Salt tossed on a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother flames. Never use water; it will only splatter the burning grease.
  • 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.
  • Removing pinfeathers – To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.
  • Removing onion odors from hands – Rub fingers with salt moistened with vinegar.
  • "Sweetening" containers – Salt can "sweeten" and deodorize thermos bottles and jugs, decanters and other closed containers.
  • Brightening cutting boards – After washing them with soap and water, rub bread and cutting boards with a damp cloth dipped in salt; the boards will be lighter and brighter.
  • Fixing oversalted soups – If soup has been oversalted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup. The potato will absorb the salt.
  • 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.
  • Cleaning dried-on egg – Salt not only makes eggs taste better, but it makes "eggy" dishes clean easier. Sprinkle salt on dishes right after breakfast; it makes them a whiz to clean when you have time.
  • 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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