I took an empty Smucker's grape jelly jar and poured it full of salt, then cut off the portion of the label which read "iodized salt" and scotch taped it in place. The purple gingham checked lid makes it look nice and my salt never gets clumpy and hard. All this happened in 1982 and my salt jar is still sitting on my counter. At the time I did this, Smucker's only put the company name on the jar label and the lid was solid gingham checks making it more attractive to reuse their jars.
By Marty from Houston, TX
I have always used the old solution of keeping rice in my salt shakers. Even with 50-80+% humidity it's never failed me yet and I've been doing it for 40 years!
Great practical idea for my RV!
Great tip! Not only do I live in a humid area, I live on the edge of a small town. Which means mice occasionally come to call. I have learned to keep all my pantry staples in glass jars. :-) Flours in gallon pickle jars, etc. Keeps all my stuff clean and fresh.
I do the same thing with black pepper if I buy any that is already ground. Also, mix sugar and cinnamon for those who want it on their morning toast or bedtime treat.
My hubby drilled holes in the lid of one to make me a "flour-shaker" for adding flour when making gravy, pie crust, breads, cookies etc. It actually works better than those little bitty cans that's sold for the same purpose which do not hold nearly enough flour.
This is not a new idea, but one which all cooks and bakers just starting out will benefit from knowing.
Several good ideas here. I like the one using salt in a jar to keep it from clumping, and someone else mentioned using a jar with holes in the lid for flour. I should have done that long ago as I'm always needing just a little flour for thickening gravy. Being able to shake it into the skillet will save having to get down the big canister. Don't know why I never thought to do this myself. I learn so many good things on Thrifty Fun and really enjoy reading so many people's solutions to problems and the great tips, but most of all, I love the pets and wonderful recipes.
Thank you for sharing this tip about salt jars.
To keep sugar from clumping put a saltine cracker in the sugar bowl.
To prevent salt from clogging with moisture, I put 1/4 teaspoon of dried parsley leaves into the salt shaker. I then add the salt. It works every time.
Keeping Salt Running Free... To keep salt from drawing moisture and hardening into chunks put a few grains of rice in the bottoms of the salt shaker.
When your salt shaker doesn't want to work for you, you can solve the problem by adding dry rice in with the salt. This way your salt won't ball up in little balls. I always put rice in the shaker every time I refill it up.
To keep salt from caking in your salt shaker, put a few toothpicks in. You will never have to tap your salt shaker again before using.
I add a few pieces of UNCOOKED rice to my salt shaker. You will never get clumps again!