Do you have a stockpile of salt? If not, you might want to consider stocking up. It’s an essential item for preppers and can be used for many purposes. But, do you know how to store salt long-term? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the best way to store salt so that it is effective when you need it.
Why Should I Store Salt?
Salt is a versatile and essential ingredient in any kitchen, but it can also have a number of other uses around the house. Here are just a few reasons why you should always store salt in your pantry or other appropriate location:
1. Great for Cleaning
First of all, salt is great for cleaning. A sprinkle of salt on a damp sponge can help remove stubborn stains from countertops and sinks. You can also use salt to clean delicate items like china and crystal. Just make sure to rinse well afterward.
2. Salt Has Many Health Benefits
Salt is also good for your health. It can help regulate blood pressure, improve circulation, and prevent muscle cramps. In addition, salt can be used as a natural laxative and can help relieve congestion. Note that too much salt can be harmful, so before you change your salt intake to any degree, check with your health professional for guidance.
3. An Essential Survival Item
Salt is an essential item for survival. In the event of a power outage or other emergency, salt can be used to purify water. It can also be used to preserve food.
4. Food Preservation
Salt can be used to preserve food. When added to the meat in the right proportions, it can help prevent spoilage and keep the meat fresh for a longer period. Salt can also be used to pickle vegetables. This method of preservation is not only effective, but it also adds a delicious flavor to the vegetables.
5. It Deters Pests
Salt can also be used to deter pests. Sprinkling salt around doorways and windowsills can help keep ants and other insects out of your home.
6. Can Be Used For First Aid
Salt can be used for first aid purposes. For example, if you get a cut or burn, applying a little salt to the area can help clean the wound and speed up healing. When doing so the wound can be somewhat painful, so be careful not to apply too much.
7. Flavor Enhancement
Of course, one of the most important uses for salt is flavor enhancement. A little salt can go a long way in bringing out the flavor of food. So, if you’re looking to add a little extra flavor to your meals, be sure to keep salt on hand.
8. Salt Can Be Used to Clear Ice
Salt is very handy to use when you need to clear some ice buildup on your sidewalk or driveway. Of course, you aren’t going to use the salt that’s part of a meal recipe. Salt used to clear ice is more course. Again, using it often and in large amounts can possibly adversely affect the cement, so clear it off as appropriate and try not to get too much on your lawn. Salt for this purpose doesn’t require the strict storage issues addressed below.
9. Salt Is A Necessary Part Of Soft Water Systems
For those of us who like soft water, or actually need it as part of sensitive skin treatment, having coarse or pelletized salt available for your tank is important. Or course, salt for your softener is very much the same as salt used to clear ice, so you wouldn’t have to worry about its storage like you would household salt.
How to Store Salt Long-Term
Now that we’ve discussed some of the reasons why you should store salt, let’s talk about how to do it. Here are a few tips for storing salt long-term:
Store Salt in a Cool, Dry Place
One of the most important things to remember when storing salt is to keep it in a cool, dry place. Salt can absorb moisture from the air, which can make it clump and hard to use. So, be sure to store your salt in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Choose the Right Container
When it comes to storing salt long-term, it’s important to choose the right container. Glass or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids are ideal. You can also find 5-gallon buckets with Gamma Lids salt storage containers that are designed to keep salt dry.
Know When to Replace
Even if you’re using the best storage methods, salt can eventually go bad. If your salt starts to clump or looks discolored, it’s time to replace it.
How to Store Salt In Bulk
If you want to store salt long-term in bulk, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, make sure to store your salt in an airtight container. You can find special food-grade containers that are designed for storing bulk items.
Be sure to label your container with the date so you know when the salt was packaged. Salt can last for several years when stored properly, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution and use it within a year or two. I have salt that is 5 years old and it’s still good, so it’s a personal preference.
Another important thing to remember is to keep your bulk salt in a cool, dry place. A cool basement or root cellar is ideal. If you don’t have either of these, you can store your salt in the refrigerator. Just remember to keep it in an airtight container so it doesn’t absorb moisture from the air.
How Much Salt Should I Store?
Salt storage amounts vary depending on who you ask. However, most experts recommend 3 pounds of salt per person per year for most household uses, like meal preparation. I find this to be a low amount and recommend 10 pounds per person per year. Please consider the following:
- The American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, which is about 1 teaspoon of salt. The average American consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium per day, which is about 1½ teaspoon of salt. Less than 1% of the population is on a low-sodium diet. With that said, I still recommend 10 pounds per person per year because it never hurts to have extra.
- Bringham Young University recommends 8 pounds of salt per person per year for long-term storage, according to their studies.
- The Nutrition Facts on containers of the household salt list the recommended serving size as 1/4 teaspoon and the sodium content as 590 mg per serving. This means that each teaspoon of salt contains 2,360 mg of sodium. If you have a family of four, I recommend 40 pounds of salt for long-term storage.
How Long Will Salt Last in Long-Term Storage?
Pure salt that does not have any additives will last indefinitely. However, sodium chloride is a stable compound and will lose potency or flavor benefits over time.
Pure salts such as sea salt, Pink Himalayan salt, and canning salt can last virtually forever if stored correctly. But, salts like iodized salt have a shorter shelf life due to additives.
Best Salts to Stock
There are many types of salt, but not all of them are ideal for long-term storage. Here are some of the best salts to stockpile for long-term storage:
- Sea salt: Sea salt is unrefined and has high mineral content. It’s also less likely to clump than other types of salt. Can be stored indefinitely.
- Pink Himalayan salt: This salt is unrefined and has high mineral content. It’s also less likely to clump than other types of salt. Can be stored indefinitely.
- Canning salt: Canning salt is pure sodium chloride with no additives. It’s perfect for pickling and canning because it doesn’t contain any impurities that can affect the taste or color of food. Can be stored indefinitely.
- Kosher salt: Kosher salt is pure sodium chloride with no additives. It’s used in koshering meat because it doesn’t contain any impurities that can affect the taste or color of food. Can be stored indefinitely.
- Iodized salt: Iodized salt is a type of table salt that has iodine added to it. This is important for people who live in areas where iodine is not naturally found in the water supply. According to Morton, iodized table salt has a 5-year shelf life due to potassium iodide which is part of its makeup.
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- 5 Interesting Facts About Himalayan Salt
Storing salt long-term is a great way to be prepared for an emergency. Salt is an essential item that can be used for many things, such as preserving food, making saline solutions for wounds, and more.
Just remember to store salt in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. I also recommend storing 3-10 pounds of salt per person per year. And, if you want your salt to last indefinitely, make sure to choose pure salt without any additives.
What type of salt do you store? Let me know in the comments below! May God Bless this world, Linda