Think Outside The Box…Of Salt
Being prepared is the goal that we all want, that’s why we are preparing, right? Whether you are preparing for economic collapse, living off the grid or an EMP it doesn’t matter, the end goal is the same. We all want to learn how to be more self-reliant, not make some of the common mistakes preppers make, and be able to handle whatever is thrown our way.
One of the first things people think about, because it has been engraved in our heads from every prepper website ever made (including this one) is how important water is. Water, water, water…you can only live for three days without water, so you had better have plenty of water. And then, you will still need more water.
And second to water is food. In order to survive any length of time, you will need food, yes, we all know this. So if you are like me, you make lists, find lists, and try to put together the most fabulous list of food that will sustain your family and those you choose to be a part of your group for at least a year.
It doesn’t matter if you make your own list, or borrow from someone else or even a website. There are a lot of good lists out there to get your brain thinking, and then you develop one that will work best for your needs. We even offer a free eBook called Emergency Survival Prepping Checklist.
I found a list like this on the internet some time ago. It is a list that breaks down purchasing your food preps of a year. The really great part about this is you only spend five dollars a week. The list is pretty basic, and I jumped full bore into my purchases. After accumulating about three months’ worth of food, I started to think about how would I really be able to use this? I needed to incorporate these items into my every day cooking, and eating in order to make it work for my family.
Like it has been said so many times, store what you eat, eat what you store. Know what you are storing, and why. If you are storing five hundred pounds of flour, make sure you know what you are going to do with it, otherwise you are just wasting your hard earned money.
Salt Is A Good Example
To give you an idea of something that you may have no idea of why you need it, yet it is on a lot of lists as you need to have it, we are taking one item from that list. Salt. Simple iodized table salt. Why would you need so much salt? Well for one thing, it’s cheap. A container of store brand salt cost just .68 cents. But what can you do with salt? Here is a small list for starters:
- Seasoning – this is the first thing most of us think of, right?
- Cleaning off pots and pans – make a paste with salt and warm water. This works great to get the burnt on food out of the pan.
- An antiseptic mouthwash (gargle) and also works for sore throats – just mix a couple tablespoons into a glass of warm water and use it like mouthwash 2-3 times a day. Works well for abscesses and canker sores too.
- Ease muscle aches - if put in bath water, or a tub of warm water to soak your feet.
- Ear Aches - Heat it up in a skillet, put it in a long sock and help ease the pain of an ear ache.
- Stains - Get wine stains out of clothing
- Treating mosquito bites – mix salt with warm water, and soak the bitten area.
- Ice Melt - Melting ice from a sidewalk
- Can be used as a fire extinguisher - If something in the oven is burning (literally) throw some salt on it to put the fire out.
- Keep ants out of your home – (I love this one) Sprinkle salt at your doorway threshold, windowsills, and everywhere else these little pests may get into your house. It will create a barrier, and they will move on.
- Make Play-dough – OK, it isn’t exactly the same, but it will work in a pinch to keep the kids happy. Mix 1 cup of flower, ½ cup of salt, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 2 tablespoons cream of tartar, and food coloring for color choice. Mix all of the ingredients and cook over low medium heat until the mixture gets stiff. Spread out on wax paper, and when cooled, knead with your hands until it has that ‘play dough’ consistency.
- Rust remover – make a paste of salt and cream of tartar and water. Rub on the rusted area, allow to dry and rub off.
- Clean your refrigerator - take some warm water, and add equal parts of salt and baking soda and get to scrubbing! It will clean easily, and will also neutralize odors in the refrigerator without using chemicals.
- Cooking - not just as a seasoning, but adding 1 cup of salt to a pot of boiling water, along with some other of your favorite spices and allow to cool. Once cooled, pour over chicken, beef or pork in a glass bowl and let soak for 24 hours. Rinse gently and pat dry, and coat in whatever you choose (flour, batter, etc) bake or fry and you will have an amazingly juicy and flavorful meat.
- Moist Chicken and Turkey – this kind of goes along with # 14, but it works! Rub salt in the open cavity of the bird before cooking.
- Weed killer – mix a cup of salt with a gallon of water and a few drops of dish soap.
- Fish scaling - soaking fish in salt water, and their scales will come off easier.
- Keep your lettuce from wilting – sprinkle a little salt on your salad to prevent your lettuce from wilting.
- Boil eggs faster – adding a little salt to your water when boiling eggs will make your water boil faster, and when it comes time to peel your eggs, that will be easier too.
- Odor eater – if you have smelly shoes (canvas) throw a little salt in them. It will help to get rid of that funky shoe odor.
Let’s Get To The Point…
The last thing you want is to have your food storage filled up with too much of one thing, so figuring out how to get the most out of your preps and how to rotate your stock. As you are making a list of what you want to have stockpiled think about “what else can I use this for?” Or “do I really need this much?”
These are just a few ways you can use salt in your everyday life. The point of this article is not so much about what you can do with salt, It’s more about knowing what you can do with what you have will help make you more prepared, and more self-reliant. For every item you are strong, make sure it has multiple uses in order to get the most out of the product. Food is a little different, but remember store what you eat and eat what you store!