Don’t Forget to Include this Essential Ingredient in Your Food Storage

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

Besides basic things like food and water, we take for granted many other items we use on a daily basis such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, trash bags, clothing, etc.  One item that came to mind is salt.  I decided we need to store more salt:  it is inexpensive and plentiful now, but if we were to run out, we would really miss it. 

For hundreds of years, salt was not readily available and was highly prized.   It is necessary for survival.

Why Store Salt?

I know too much salt is harmful, and too much of it is already present in processed food.  We all know that avoiding excessive salt helps lower blood pressure risk and stroke.  But I am talking about the moderate use of this essential ingredient, as well as emergency uses.


  • Seasoning for cooked food
  • Brining (or soaking meats in a salt and water solution) helps soften tough meats
  • Preserving meats and vegetables

First Aid

  • When dehydrated, you can restore the electrolyte balance in your system with a mixture of salt and water
  • Sore throat remedy:  mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle
  • Salt and water can be used to rinse wounds
  • Make a paste with salt and a small amount of water and apply on insect bites to relieve the itch.


  • Mouthwash
  • Aid for brushing teeth
  • Body scrub

Pest Control

  •  Pouring salt on snails, slugs and leeches will kill them


  •   “Salt lick” will attract game


  •  Salt can be used as a general cleaner or scrubber.

Storing Salt

Salt does not go stale.  If it hardens during storage, you can crush it back into tiny particles.

Try to store about five pounds of salt (more if you have the space) per person as a year’s supply.

Store in a cool, dry, place in an airtight container. 

Keep away from toxic chemicals such as gasoline, as it will absorb the fumes.

If you have limited space, at least store a few canisters in your pantry.  At 2 for $1, it’s inexpensive enough to fit any budget, and you’ll be glad you have extra just in case.  For more tips on packaging for long term storage, see Survival Food Storage.


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