Salt is one of the most versatile components of many cooking processes, and can be used for everything from protecting cheese to stopping a barbecue from smoking.

Cooking Time
To make water boil at a higher temperature so that the food you are cooking will required less cooking time, add a pinch or two of salt to the water.  Keep in mind that salt does not make water boil faster.

Drinks - Cooling
Put a handful of salt into a bucket of water and put in some ice.  Mix it all around.  Put your drinks in the mix and they will be nice and cool to drink in a couple of minutes as the salt allows the water to become colder so it cools the drinks quicker.

Smoking Barbecue Coals
Throw some salt on the coals during a barbecue to stop it smoking.
For restaurant style baked potatoes with tasty skin, grease or spray cleaned potatoes with vegetable or olive oil.  Place in a bed rock or coarse salt, mounding the salt around the potato.  Bake until done.

To prevent mould from forming on cheese, you can wrap the cheese in a napkin or cloth soaked in salt water, before storing in the fridge.

Citrus Fruits
Add a pinch of salt to the top of citrus fruits, like lemons and limes, and you will see the difference in the fruit's crisp taste immediately.

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