Self-Reliance

How To Store Salt: Survival 101 

Growing up I never gave a second thought to a simple item that sat on our dining room table 24/7. 

And it was not just in our house but in virtually everyone’s home around the world. 

I am talking about salt. 

Maybe your family kept it in a little bowl with a lid or some decorative shaker that perhaps resembled a chicken or some other funny looking character. 

Either way, I never thought much about the little white crystals other than to say, “please pass the salt.”

As with many things, age brought knowledge and appreciation for the seemingly unimportant, and salt is one incredibly important item most of us take for granted. 

Of course, it is not hard to understand why we take it for granted considering it is in almost everything we eat and even drink to excess. 

But that may not always be the case.

4 Reasons to Store Salt 

Health Benefits 

Salt is a daily requirement in our diets because it helps to regulate many bodily functions. It helps to balance fluid levels while maintaining blood pressure and aids in muscle and nerve operation.

While many people could do without consuming so much salt, it is something our bodies need. But too much salt can be just as bad as too little.  

Food Preservation 

One characteristic of salt is that it draws in water from its surrounding environment. 

This is why many bacteria and other organisms cannot grow in the presence of salt. This is bad for them but good for people, which is why salt has been used as a food preservative for a very long time. 

Taste 

Salt can taste, well, salty or bitter but it can also taste sweet. How it tastes depends on a person’s taste buds and the levels of salt in the body. 

It can also be used as a flavor enhancer as it gives bland foods “a little more kick,” cuts bitterness, and can enhance sweet tasting foods. 

Bartering 

Salt has been a trade item throughout our history and countries have gone to great lengths as well as traveled great distances to obtain it. 

If I run out of salt I cannot just go out into my backyard and dig some up. I would have to go to the store, but what if they were out as well?

Considering that salt has a ton of uses and our bodies need it, having extra salt on hand would prove to be a great bartering item. 


5 Different Kinds of Salt 

Sea Salt 

This is derived from evaporating seawater. It can be used in all manners of food preparation as well as food preservation. When stored properly, seal salt will last indefinitely.  

Table Salt 

Sodium chloride or table salt is one of the most common types of salts used. It is usually mined from salt deposits that are underground and tends to be more heavily processed to get rid of other minerals. 

Table salt should have an indefinite shelf life but depending on the brand there could be additives that may shorten its longevity. Always be sure to read your labels. 

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