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10 Good Uses For Salt

 

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We are constantly being bombarded by the Food Police, TV news, magazines, and doctors about the evils of salt and how bad it is we often do not know or realize that salt is good for us.

So today I am giving you 10 good reasons to use salt. Most of these I learned as a child from my mother and my father.

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1. Deter ants

Sprinkle salt any where you want to keep ants away.

 2. Pick up a dropped egg

If you drop an egg on the floor just sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes. You’ll be able pick it up with a spatula or a paper towel and throw it away.

3. Soothe a bee sting

Wet the sting with water right away, and then cover it with salt. Accent will do the same thing.

4. Stop a grease fire

Pouring salt on top of a grease fire will completely smother it.

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5. Cooking eggs

Hard boiled eggs boiled in salted water are easier to peal.

Add a pinch salt to boiling water when cooking hard boiled eggs. If an egg cracks it will prevent the egg from leaking out into the water.

6. Coffee

Sprinkle a bit of salt on coffee before you brew it and the coffee will lose its bitter taste. [Learned that one from an ex-boyfriend.]

7. Cutting boards

This works on any kind of cutting board. Salt, with a squirt or two of fresh lemon juice, will help to sanitize your boards. Use a nail brush to scrub in the crevices made by knives.

8. Sore throats

A half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water makes a very effect gargle for a sore throat.

9. Sterilize Kitchen Sponges

Soak your kitchen sponge in water with a teaspoon or so of salt for about 5 minutes. Then squeeze most of the water from the sponge. Do not dry. Put the wet sponge in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. This will also prolong the life of the sponge and save you money.

10. Your Health

Salt contains iodine.

Your body, especially your brain needs iodine. Iodine is found in regular table salt. Most of us these days, especially cooks, use sea salt for cooking. Sea salt lacks iodine. So many of us lack or are low in iodine these days. This is not good.

I remedy that by adding a couple of teaspoons of iodize salt to my sea salt holder.

If you want more info on iodine including warnings you can begin with this excellent article at Livestrong.

Remember……all things in moderation; including moderation.

Featured Recipe        Taco Pork Chops

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I found today’s recipe glued on a package of pork chops I purchased a few months ago. You can find this recipe and a few others here: EasyFreshCooking.

First thing I did was change the name. The original name was Mexicali Pork Chops. I thought Taco was more child friendly.

This recipe is also Cook or Mom friendly. Prep time is about 5 minutes and cook time is about 10 minutes. So it is perfect for busy moms and families!

Other than that this recipe is perfectly fast, quick and easy, a rush hour, a no time to cook, a no fuss, and with the recipe name change, child friendly, and so perfect for busy weeknights for any and every one.

It is also easy enough for kids to learn to cook dinner. Or easy enough for Starving College Students in college dorms or when children leave home and need easy recipes to cook for themselves.

Did I forget to mention this dish is also super easy on your pocketbook!

And let me not forget, very little clean up too.

What else could you ask for?

Oh! Good taste.

This recipe is a winner in that department too!

Here is what you will need for 4 people:

4 medium thick pork chops

1 envelope taco seasoning (2 ounces)

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Optional: Salsa

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Here is what you do:

Rub both sides of the pork chops with taco seasoning.

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Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Brush the skillet with the oil.

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Add the chops and cook for 7-8 minutes, turning once until internal temperature reads 145 F degrees.

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Let the chops rest for 2-3 minutes.

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Top with salsa if desired and serve with a salad and a side dish of your choice.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

4 medium thick pork chops              $7.78

1 envelope taco seasoning               $0.69

1 teaspoon vegetable oil                  $0.04

Optional: Salsa                               $1.00

Total cost = $9.51
Cost per person = $2.38

Quote of the Day

When we lose twenty pounds… we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have!  We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.

Woody Allen

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2 comments to 10 Good Uses For Salt

  • Totally interesting! I’m going to try a bunch of these ideas. Especially the pinch of salt in coffee and I plan to sanitize my sponges.
    I also use salt and vegetable oil to scrub my cast iron skillet, and I put a pinch of salt in hot chocolate.

    • Roberta

      I will have to try a pinch of salt in my hot chocolate. Never heard that one before. I love the internets and blogging! 🙂 I learn so much!