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  • Salt

    Putting this in general since it applies to several categories

    I believe Salt will be a comodity when the SHTF

    uses for salt

    Essential nutrient
    Flavor - seasons anything
    Cleaning - cleans wounds and helps with infections
    Healing - i heard it helps minor cuts

    Here are a few of the more practical ones:

    * Pick up a dropped egg. If an egg breaks on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You'll be able to wipe it right up.

    * Soothe a bee sting. Wet the sting right away, then cover it with salt.

    * Eliminate a grease fire. Pour salt on top to smother it. (Never use water on a grease fire.)

    * Clean up oven spills. If food boils over onto the oven floor, sprinkle salt on top to stop smoke and odor from forming. When the oven is cool, it'll be easy to brush away the spot.

    * Set color. If a dye may run, soak the garment for an hour in 1/2 gallon of water to which you've added 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. If rinse water shows color, repeat. This is good for a single-colored fabric or madras. If the item is multicolored, dry-clean it. (American-made fabrics are unlikely to run, but fabrics from abroad are sometimes risky.)

    * Kill poison ivy. Add three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water. Spray it onto leaves and stems.

    * Make cream whip more easily and egg whites whip faster and higher. Add a pinch of salt.

    * Test for rotten eggs. Put an egg in a cup of water to which you've added two teaspoons of salt. A fresh egg will sink, but one that's iffy will float.

    * Clean the brown spots (from starch) off a nonstick soleplate (the bottom of your iron). Sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper, slide the iron across it, then rub lightly with silver polish.

    * Repel fleas. Wash the doghouse with it.

    * Kill grass growing in cracks in the cement or between patio stones. Sprinkle salt on the grass and pour very hot water over it. Or sprinkle coarse salt on the grass, let stand all day or overnight, then pour hot tap water over it.

    * Clean a glass coffee pot. Fill it with 1/4 cup of table salt and a dozen ice cubes. Swish the mixture around, let it sit for half an hour, fill it with cold water and rinse.

    * Halt the mountain of suds from an overflowing washing machine. Sprinkle salt on the top.

    * Clean artificial flowers. Put them in a bag of salt and shake the bag. Take a look at the color of the salt and you'll see what you've accomplished.

    * Keep windows frost-free. Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows, and they won't frost up even when the mercury dips below 32 degrees; for the same effect on your car's windshield, put salt in a little bag made of cheesecloth, moisten it slightly and rub it on.

    * Clean tarnished copper.Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with hot white vinegar and three tablespoons of salt. Spray it onto the copper, let it sit briefly, then rub clean. (Don't do this to lacquered copper.)

    * Keep radishes safe in the garden. Salt worms (cutworms) will be repelled if you sprinkle seeds with table salt, then cover with dirt.

    * Clean coffee and tea stains from china cups. Rub them with salt.

    * Keep potatoes and apples from turning brown once they're sliced. Put them in salted cold water.

    * Clean a cutting board. Cover it with bleach and salt, scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with very hot water and wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat with each use.

    60 more

    Simple table salt has a great number of uses other than simply seasoning your food!

    1. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.
    2. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
    3. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
    4. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.
    5. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.
    6. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.
    7. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
    8. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.
    9. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.
    10. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.
    11. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.
    12. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
    13. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.
    14. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.
    15. Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.
    16. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour
    17. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.
    18. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.
    19. Clean you iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.
    20. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.
    21. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.
    22. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.
    23. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.
    24. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.
    25. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.
    26. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.
    27. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.
    28. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.
    29. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.
    30. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.
    31. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.
    32. Soak your clothes line in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.
    33. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.
    34. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.
    35. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.
    36. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.
    37. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.
    38. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.
    39. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.
    40. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.
    41. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.
    42. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.
    43. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
    44. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.
    45. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.
    46. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.
    47. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.
    48. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.
    49. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.
    50. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.
    51. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.
    52. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.
    53. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.
    54. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.
    55. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.
    56. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
    57. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing.
    58. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look.
    59. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.
    60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.


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  • #2

    Dear Diesel,

    Amazing stuff, isn't it?


    Another interesting factoid: Sodium by itself will explode when placed in water and Chlorine by itself is poisonous, yet when they share electrons to form salt, they are harmless (injested in small amounts, of course.)

    Salt licks are also a necessity for many kinds of livestock, particularly cattle, an important consideration for homesteaders.

    In the time of the Romans, salt was actually used to pay the soldiers because salt was rare, since mining salt was hard, dangerous work and they didn't know that distilling ocean water could obtain salt. Hence the old saying: "He's not worth his salt."
    "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.


    • #3
      Diesel, I should add, Mayor Johnston on Jericho confirmed what I previously read about the Romans using salt as currency.

      Jericho is not only a fantastically entertaining series, but it's good to take notes from as well. You can get a smattering of history as well as some techniques from the show as well.
      "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.


      • #4
        The latin word 'salary' is derived from the word salt. Large quanities of salt are required for curing meat and canning some other foods. Bulk corse ground salt is available through feed stores packaged in paper 20 lb, or larger bags place these bags inside plastic bags to protect from moisture and leakage.
        The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.


        • #5
          Kenno, Thanks for the added bits of knowledge on the subject. Although I haven't yet totally kicked the fast-food habit, one thing I always do (in addition to ordering from the value menu) is to pick up extra condiments, including salt. Those things pile up big after a while.


          One thing I wouldn't get, however, is iodized salt. The stuff makes food smell and taste like motor oil to my palate, and with a proper diet, isn't even necessary. Pure salt is best hands down.
          "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.


          • #6
            I agree; The only reason to consume iodized salt is to prevent Gout, and I belive, Rickets. If I am correct both of these maladies can be prevented by consuming fresh fruits or veggies, Rose-hip tea, vitamins, as well as sea-weed/seafood and or fresh red meat or just plain old sea-salt.
            Last edited by kenno; 10-10-2008, 05:05 PM.
            The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.


            • #7
              Originally posted by kenno View Post
              I agree; The only reason to consume iodized salt is to prevent Gout, and I belive, Rickets. If I am correct both of these maladies can be prevented by consuming fresh fruits or veggies, Rose-hip tea, vitamins, as well as sea-weed/seafood and or fresh red meat or just plain old sea-salt.

              Nope. Iodine prevents Goiters. You can buy rock salt in the canning aisle of the store. Good for curing fish or meat. Make sure to remove fatty parts of the meat. It cures better. Also kills parasites and keeps bugs off the meat. Plus, a burger is just not a burger without salt and pepper.


              • #8
                well I'm glad there was someone that knew what the heck Iodized salt was for!
                The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.


                • #9
                  Goiters used to be a major problem among folks in areas where the soil was low in iodine. But, in general, peoples diets have changed. Not sure why they still put iodine in salt.


                  • #10
                    Just some additional info, kelp and shellfish are good sources of natural iodine. I prefer good shrimp sushi, but that's me. Guaranteed no goiters here, just the chance of a double chin. :D


                    • #11
                      A tidbit of Salt History - Back in ancient Greece, when a person caused grief by his painful verbiage, he could be punished by being tortured with salt. The individual that was verbally injured, by Greek law, could have the person who hurt his feelings placed in large deep pits of salt.
                      The greater the pain caused, the deeper the salt pit. The pure Grecian salt stung the individual unmercifully and caused great pain. By this person, hurting the feelings of another Greek, it was classified as a "verbal crime" worthy of being placed “in salt”, or “in salted”.
                      Thus depending on the depth of the in salt, it could be termed as “deeply in salted”.

                      The word was later coined by the murderous French monk Jacques Clement as Le In-Solti.
                      The early English, mid 16th century, harshly translated this French terminology as the word insult or insulted.

                      Note: All of this is of course made up, I know very little of salt and I just wanted to sound as knowledgeable as the rest you guys, I hope I did not “in salt” any of you.;)


                      • #12
                        Almost laughed RR...almost! :D

                        Good stuff guys. Thanks!


                        • #13
                          Good thing with living by the sea is that in bad times I could make seasalt if needed. And there is the fresh supply of sushi and seaweed:D


                          • #14
                            Rusty...please don't mention sugar because there will be 4 pages of replies
                            THE LARGER THE CITY THE FASTER IT FALLS


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by PHR View Post
                              Rusty...please don't mention sugar because there will be 4 pages of replies

                              How about uses for sugar?