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Simple Tip: Use Rice to Prevent Salt Clumps

When I went home to my parents' house in Houston, I was reminded of an old trick that my mom and dad use.

The Gulf Coast is a humid place, and moisture can cause undesirable effects in the kitchen, among them the tendency of salt crystals to clump together.

To prevent this, add a half teaspoon of uncooked rice grains to a shaker or tie raw grains in a cheesecloth bundle and house in a salt cellar. Rice has a porous structure, so it will absorb this extra moisture and prevent salt from caking.

How do you deal with the issue of humidity in the kitchen?

Source: Flickr User quinn.anya

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
The rice trick really works! You can also use a piece of terra cotta...they sell them and they're called "sugar savers". I think the rice trick is probably cheaper, though.
Calster Calster 5 years
First time I ever saw this was when I was in Costa Rica for a class trip. We could not figure out what was in the salt shakers, or why it was there! At first someone thought they were maggots or eggs, then we thought they were trying to make it look like there was more salt than there really was... finally our teacher overheard us and explained to us about the humidity! Brilliant. I now do this with my salt shakers, also some of the spices I use on a regular basis.
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