The definition of salt is NaCl. Na sodium, Cl chloride. Both of these are minerals.
Anything else in the salt may be another mineral or any other adulterant.
Uses for salt go beyond that of baking chemistry and food flavor. It has a number of other additional uses.
But first, especially for all things food, I highly recommend the the following natural salt. By the way, salt stores forever. So, no worries. Great for preparedness too.
Redmond (from Utah)
10 pound pail
Uses for Salt
Perk Up Coffee Flavor
Add a pinch of Salt to the coffee in the basket of your coffeemaker. This will improve the coffee’s flavor by helping to remove some of the acid taste. It works!
Dispose of Disposal Odor
To help remove odors from garbage disposals, pour 1/2 cup of Salt directly into the garbage disposal. By running the disposal following manufacturer’s directions, you’ll send those odors down the drain.
Eliminate Fish Odors
Removing fish odor from your hands is simple with Salt. Just rub your hands with a lemon wedge dipped in salt, then rinse with water.
Cut Cutting Board Odors
To help cut odors off of your wooden cutting board, simply pour a generous amount of Salt directly on the board. Rub lightly with a damp cloth. Wash in warm, sudsy water.
Soothe Sore Throats
To alleviate the discomfort of a mild sore throat, gargle several times daily with a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon Salt and 1/2 cup warm water. It’s like taking a liquid lozenge.
Soak Your Feet
To prepare a salt water bath, pour 6 quarts (1-1/2 gallons) warm water in a large basin. Mix in 1/4 cup Salt and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak feet for up to 15 minutes.
Eggs boiled in salted water peel more easily.
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.
Cleaning greasy pans
The greasiest iron pan will wash easily if you use a little salt in it and wipe with paper.
Cleaning stained cups
Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.
To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.
To prevent mold on cheese, wrap it in a cloth dampened with saltwater before refrigerating.
Keeping milk fresh
Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer.
Relieving bee stings
If stung, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.
Occasionally throw a handful of salt on the flames in your fireplace; it will help loosen soot from the chimney and salt makes a bright yellow flame.
Keeping cut flowers fresh
A dash of salt added to the water in a flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh longer.
Keeping patios weed-free
If weeds or unwanted grass come up between patio bricks or blocks, carefully spread salt between the bricks and blocks, then sprinkle with water or wait for rain to wet it down.
Killing poison ivy
Mix three pounds of salt with a gallon of soapy water and apply to leaves and stems with a sprayer.
Sprinkling a little salt in canvas shoes occasionally will take up the moisture and help remove odors.
Save the bottom of your oven
If a pie or casserole bubbles over in the oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spill. It won’t smoke and smell, and it will bake into a crust that makes the baked-on mess much easier to clean when it has cooled.
Clean a gunky iron bottom
Sprinkle a little salt on a piece of paper and run the hot iron over it to remove rough, sticky spots.
Sprinkle salt at doorways, window sills and anywhere else ants sneak into your house. Ants don’t like to walk on salt.
Tame a wild barbeque
Toss a bit of salt on flames from food dripping in barbecue grills to reduce the flames and calm the smoke without cooling the coals (like water does).
Use one part fine salt to two parts baking soda–dip your toothbrush in the mix and brush as usual.
Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won’t stick.
Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.
Melt snow and ice
Sprinkle salt on snow or ice to melt away.
Clean cast iron skillets
Sprinkle salt in skillet and scrub.
Remove onion smell from hands
Just wet hands with water, sprinkle salt on your wet hands, rub hands together as if washing them, and rinse…smell is gone.
Snails /Slugs in garden
Sprinkle salt to kill snails.
Wet hair, apply shampoo, pour few tsps. salt on head/scalp. Rub vigorously with finger tips. Rinse well.
Use this special salt (or equivalent) with a ‘neti pot’ to clear sinus /nasal passages.
Epsom salts for soothing cleansing bath and muscle relief.
It’s a very old way of preserving meat by packing it in salt.
Quote from a MSB reader:
“The most important use of salt is to prevent hyponatremia in our body. Hyponatremia is caused by many factors. Low sodium results in low blood volume (shock) and death quickly follows. Understanding the need for salt intake is important. I mention it here only to alert readers to read about this in depth elsewhere so that you recognize the symptoms, cause and treatment In times of SHTF. This will save a life.”
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