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Salt

  • SaltCream will whip better better if you add a pinch of salt.
  • Egg whites will beat faster and higher if you add a pinch of salt.
  • Rub your hands with salt and lemon juice to remove fish odors.
  • One pound of salt = 1 5/8 cups 1 tablespoon = ounce
  • Salt is an excellent cleaning agent, by itself or in combination with other substances. A solution of salt and turpentine restores the whiteness to yellowed enameled bathtubs and lavatories. A paste of salt and vinegar cleans tarnished brass or copper. A strong brine poured down the kitchen sink prevents grease from collecting and eliminates odors.
  • Salt helps destroy moths and drives away ants. A dash of salt in laundry starch keeps the iron from sticking and gives linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish. A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.
  • A box of salt is an important item in many bathrooms. In mild solutions, it makes an excellent mouthwash, throat gargle or eyewash; it is an effective dentifrice; it is an effective antiseptic; and it can be extremely helpful as a massage element to improve complexion.
  • To test eggs for 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.
  • Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.
  • Soaking pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling will make nut meats easier to remove.
  • Salt and soda water will clean and sweeten the inside of your refrigerator. It won`t scratch enamel either.
  • Salt tossed on a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother flames. Never use water; it will only spatter the burning grease.
  • To improve the flavor of poultry, rub the fowl inside and out with salt before roasting.
  • Remove bitterness from percolators and other coffee pots by filling with water, adding four tablespoons of salt and percolating or boiling as usual.
  • Removing onion odors from hands - Rub fingers with salt moistened with vinegar.
  • Fixing over salted soups - If soup has been over salted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup. The potato will absorb the salt.
  • 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.
  • Salt preserves foods by creating a hostile environment for certain microorganisms. Within foods, salt brine dehydrates bacterial cells, alters osmotic pressure and inhibits bacterial growth and subsequent spoilage.  Salting fish made long-range explorations possible in the age of sailing ships.

Soups

  • Fixing over salted soups - If soup has been over salted, cut up a raw potato or two and drop into the soup. The potato will absorb some of the salt.

Strawberries

  • StrawberriesStrawberries should be a bright shade of red and the caps on the berries should be green and fresh looking. Berries that are green or yellow are unripe and will taste Sour
  • Perhaps the most popular of all the berries, strawberries have the most vitamin C of the berry family. Strawberries have been known since the time of the Greeks and Romans and cultivation of strawberries began in 1624. Commercial growing in America began about 1800 on the east coast of the United States. Strawberries moved west with the pioneers and now there are more than seventy varieties of strawberries, many of which are grown in California and Florida. This familiar fruit is usually available fresh year round with a peak from April to July.
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