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How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?

I have some regular table salt that became hard. Is there a way I can get it back to its normal state?

By mary ann vance from Beaver, OH


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December 21, 20095 found this helpful

Put the salt in a zip type bag, place a towel on top of it and use your meat tenderizer to pound it. You can also put it in a blender.

After getting it powdered again, put it in a jar with a tight or 2 piece canning lid.

Since I live in Oregon and everything eventually gets wet, crackers get stale really fast, etc. I keep everything in 1/2 gallon canning jars with the 2 piece canning lids and I never have a problem. After 2 years in a canning jar, my brown sugar is still as soft as the day I bought it!

When you fill your salt shaker add some regular {not instant} rice to the shaker and it will absorb moisture and keep it soft.

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November 3, 20170 found this helpful

This suggestion was right on point, used meat tenderizer to breakup one massive clump, put it in my food processor and whole box of unopened salt


Was back to be used. Saved my pie needed salt and don't usually cook with salt!
Thank you Virginia so much for that useful tip!

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March 19, 20190 found this helpful

I'm off to do this with a new box of unopened salt which i need desperately now. if this works i'll love you forever and will transfer my brown sugar too, which i always have to throw out and buy new! will give an update. thanks.

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May 26, 20190 found this helpful

for brown sugar, take a moist paper towel and put brown sugar in a container with air tight lid. put moist towel on top close lid and let any air out of it. put in pantry over night. sugar will be soft. the key is to key air out of container. burp it everytime you use the brown sugar. works like a charm. cathy s

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June 28, 20190 found this helpful

Yes loose again but powdered a bit..

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December 22, 20090 found this helpful

I have no suggestion for already hard salt. But when you fill your salt shake add some rice grains in it. This will prevent the salt going hard. Happy Holidays

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September 21, 20130 found this helpful

I tried the suggestion to put the salt in a bag, break it up and the put it through a food processor. The bag split but I didn't really lose that much salt.


You need to use a high powered processor, not the small handy variety. I still had a couple of really hard lumps but I salvaged most of the salt.

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July 9, 20151 found this helpful

I had a large box of canning salt that had harden. I put it in a gallon zip lock bag took my rolling pin on counter top and hit it a few times and rolled it. I put it in a rubbermaid container for storage. No fuss no mess and it was good as new

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February 6, 20190 found this helpful

Spend a dollar and buy a new box of salt

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May 23, 20190 found this helpful

...and save the salt for winter ice

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December 19, 20090 found this helpful

I have a box of iodized table salt that has been left in our RV for some time and has drawn moisture to the point it is rock, solid hard. Is there any way to restore it to its original grains and make it usable again? I know this won't be a big loss if I have to toss it, but would like any ideas anyone may have. Thanks so much.


Karen from Gainesville, MO


How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?

I would just pound it with something, like a rolling pin. Put the salt in a plastic bag. Even if it is chunky, you can still use it to cook. It will dissolve. I suppose you could try a crust of bread with the salt in a sealed container. It works for brown sugar. (08/22/2008)

By Louise B.

How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?

I have never had that problem, but if it were me, I would get the grater out and grate it.

slowbob (08/22/2008)

By bob

How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?

Grating it sounds like the way to go, but is it worth the effort? Do you maybe have lots of weeds you want to get rid of? Melt it down in boiling water and pour it over the unwanted weeds and grass. (08/22/2008)

How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?

You might try putting it in a container with a lid along with dry rice and shaking it briskly.
Or have you thought of putting it into a (dry) blender and blending it for just a quick pulse. Of course, you would want to thoroughly wash the blender after doing this, in order to keep the taste of your other foods from being affected.


When you put the salt in the shaker, put rice in it to keep the salt from clumping. (08/22/2008)

By Cora

How Do I Soften Hard Table Salt?

Put it into a blender or food processor for a second or 2. But they sell that stuff for 3 for a dollar at my local dollar store. So I'd buy a new box to cook with and use that nasty stuff to clean with or to make bath salts (write me for a directions) or to melt ice on the walkway in the winter. (08/22/2008)

By Cyinda

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September 21, 20160 found this helpful

If the salt is hardened in it's container, how do you get it out to do all these things?

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April 22, 20170 found this helpful

I have had non-iodized table salt harden in the container and do the following:

Remove the label
Use a butter knife to pry off the lid then peel away the outer layers of the container one at a time-- they are made the same way as refrigerated crescent rolls


Grating is the best way I have found to restore the salt to a useful state.

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June 6, 20180 found this helpful

thank you for the information to peel away the salt container. I put the contents of the salt in a Rubbermaid container, then just used a fork to separate the salt, it was quick and easy

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