Salt StorageOne of the things I do is buy food in bulk.  Yep, I love Sam’s Club!  But, this also causes problems with how to properly store excess amounts of food.  Some time ago I bought a large box of salt, but did not know about proper salt storage.

Now, so much time later, I have a box of salt that has clumped together an no longer wants to pour out of the box.  When I went to use my salt last week, and it didn’t pour out, I realized it was time for me to figure out the best way to store large amounts of salt.

What I learned was actually basic, common sense.  Some of you are probably going to roll your eyes at what I found, and wonder why it took me so long to figure this out.  Yep, it’s that simple.

To put it bluntly, salt should be stored in an airtight container.  That’s it.

The reason why makes sense, now that I have researched this matter.  Salt is a mineral that is water soluble.  Moisture in the air will cause salt to stick together.  I live in a very humid climate, which is why my salt turned into a rock and stopped pouring.  The container that the salt came in is nothing more than a cardboard box.  It has the little mettle pour spout that pulls out for use, and pushes in when done.  This is certainly not airtight.

Another thing I learned has to do with salt that has been seasoned with herbs.  Exposure to air will cause the herbs to diminish in flavor, so only open flavored salts when necessary.  These salts tend to be expensive, so proper salt storage is even more important.  There is no reason for you to waste your investment by exposing it to too much air.

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