4 Surprising Uses for Salt in Your Kitchen

There's more to salt than just boosting flavor!

By Perri O. Blumberg
Also published in Reader's Digest Magazine April 2014

saltLevi Brown for Reader’s Digest

PEEL EGGS EASIER
Want the shells of hard-boiled eggs to come off in big chunks instead of a million tiny pieces? Add a teaspoon of salt to the cooking water before putting in the eggs.

PRESERVE MILK
Help keep it fresh for several days longer by adding a pinch or two of table salt to a carton of milk.

COLOR CORRECT
Boiling or blanching spinach or string beans? Add salt to the cooking water to help preserve the green veggies’ chlorophyll, which keeps their color vibrant after they’re cooked.

SEAR A YUMMY STEAK
For a delicious steak without a lot of butter or oil, cook it in a skillet sprinkled with about a teaspoon of kosher or other coarse salt. The salt crystals will prevent the meat from sticking and create a great crust on the finished dish.

Sources: rd.com, lifehacker.com, Rachael Ray Magazine, Food Network Magazine

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