Boiling Water – Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher
temperature, thus reducing cooking time. (It does not make the water
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
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
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.