7 Genius Tricks to Prevent Salt From Clumping and Becoming Damp

   |  Updated: June 29, 2017 15:30 IST

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7 Genius Tricks to Prevent Salt From Clumping and Becoming Damp
  • Some ingredients absorb moisture from air & keep the salt dry
  • Add a few grains of uncooked rice to avoid salt from clumping
  • Make a bed of dried parsley leaves at the bottom of the salt jar
Salt is one of the most essential ingredients in your kitchen, but it can be a mystery. A little too much of it or a little too less can totally alter the taste of your dish. Similarly, if not handled with care it can lose its essence very easily or tends to clump up if it is hit even with the tiniest amount of moisture. This is common especially during the damp monsoon season and also if you leave you salt jar out in the open for too long. We’ve got the best advice on how to store salt so as to make sure it lasts long and prevent it from clumping.

1. Add raw rice grains

When storing it in a shaker, add a few grains of uncooked rice to avoid salt from clumping. The rice grains are known to absorb the moisture and keep the salt dry. This is considered to be one of the most effective tricks that can even help in reviving damp salt. Use long rice grains to prevent them from falling out of the shaker.
rice flour 620Raw rice can help keep salt dry. Photo Credit: iStock
2. Dried parsley leaves

Make a bed of dried parsley leaves at the bottom filling up at least ¼ of the container and then add the salt over it. It not only infuses the salt with a fresh aroma but also prevents the dampening effect.

Parsley leaves should be dried and added in the salt container. Photo Credit: iStock

3. Soda crackers

To keep salt from drawing moisture and hardening into chunks, some people place a soda cracker in the container.  A soda cracker is thin and crisp biscuit made with white flour, yeast and baking soda. Make sure you change the crackers in 10-15 days.

(Also read: What is the Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?)
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Soda crackers are white biscuits which dry up the moisture. Photo Credit: iStock

4. Coffee beans

Just like rice grains, you can add few coffee beans to your salt. If you’re wondering, salt does not pick the flavour from coffee beans and they’ll help in preserving the quality of salt.
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Coffee beans do not give out flavour to salt. Instead, they retain the dryness of the salt. Photo Credit: iStock

5. Toothpicks

Believe it or not, toothpicks can help in keeping your salt dry. Don’t break them; just place them as it in the salt container. Though this may work, the other methods given above are safer.
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Toothpicks are another effective way to keep moisture in your salt away. Photo Credit: iStock

6. Dried beans

If you are unsure about coffee beans affecting the taste of salt, you can even use dried white beans or kidney beans. They won’t alter the taste and are hygroscopic which simply means that they have the ability to absorb moisture from air.
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Use kidney beans or white beans to keep your salt clean. Photo Credit: iStock

7. Cloves

Lastly, you can place some cloves in your salt jar. Just like parsley, cloves may infuse a warm aroma in your salt which goes well with almost all kind of dishes. So, you don’t have to worry.
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Cloves in your salt jar help infuse a warm aroma. Photo Credit: iStock

It’s always better to store salt in airtight glass jar or use salt boxes or pigs made with wood or ceramic. These allow better air flow and keep the moisture out. Avoid using plastic or metal containers as the chemicals from plastic can contaminate your salt and in case of metal containers it can cause rusting and erosion which can also affect the quality of salt.

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