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Damn Damp Salt - help

JaneRose's picture

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I have a container of sea salt from Trader Joes that has dampness and won't shake or pour. I tried the rice bit on the last chunk of salt that I had and it didn't work, but is there an easy way to dry this stuff out.... OVEN?? What do I do?

msm-s's picture

(post #33506, reply #1 of 15)

my crockpot manual suggests drying out tough corn chips on low with lid off. you could try that

JaneRose's picture

(post #33506, reply #2 of 15)

Thanks, don't have a crock pot, but maybe the electric fry pan on low.... humm.

Jean's picture

(post #33506, reply #3 of 15)

How about the microwave?



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JaneRose's picture

(post #33506, reply #4 of 15)

OK, now here is where I say "duh."
And thanks, too.

paretsky's picture

(post #33506, reply #10 of 15)

That's what I use too, and it works very well. Just be warned that the salt will be very hot coming out of the microwave. Nowhere near hot enough to melt it of course (1473°F) but certainly hot enough to hurt you if you aren't paying attention.

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JaneRose's picture

(post #33506, reply #14 of 15)

Yep, it was hot and it took several passes at whatever click I was selecting, but it did finally unclump. This whole thing was distressing because I had twice purchased some very nice salt inside a container that I had hoped would keep it dry. Since there is no TJ or WF here in Central NoWhere, I treat myself when I am in Michigan. So, twice I have retuned home with some lovely salt only to find it hard as a brick inside the container. Granted, it has been very humid here, but the last one - sea salt from Trader Joe's - was inside a plastic container that I had to hack apart to get the salt out! I had tried whacking it around to break it up so it would pour, but, alas, it would not. So I used a hack saw to get it out - then microwaved it until dry. Now it is sealed in glass containers and I'll try the pasta trick. I do not like the rice business because I want to pinch it out of whatever, or have small containers/dishes on the table.
With the first batch, I lost my mind and just finally heaved the rice/salt chunks. So much for rational, right?
Ah, and the large crystals for grinders that I got from my fling in Penzey's adds delight to my days. Simple pleasures for simple girls, I guess.
Thanks to all for responding... I've not been getting the email notices of replies, so this was a little surprise treat!

JillElise's picture

(post #33506, reply #5 of 15)

I put raw pasta in my salt. Macaroni, usually. It sucks the humidity out, and it easy to remove. I also use in it salt shakers.

Jill Elise Vancouver BC

Marcia's picture

(post #33506, reply #6 of 15)

Sounds like an excellent tip for Fine Cooking.

shar999's picture

(post #33506, reply #7 of 15)

I use a salt pig and it never clumps.  I really can't figure out why these things work!


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Marcia's picture

(post #33506, reply #8 of 15)

Perhaps the material they're made from is porous and that might help, or you could live in a dry climate. I don't have much of a problem, either, frankly, and I keep different salts in various containers.

shar999's picture

(post #33506, reply #9 of 15)

I live in central Florida.  Very humid down here.

Marcia's picture

(post #33506, reply #12 of 15)

Yep, I'm very familiar with the humidity in Florida.

shar999's picture

(post #33506, reply #13 of 15)

Supposed to lift tomorrow. Looking forward to that.

Sprouts's picture

(post #33506, reply #11 of 15)

One more suggestion is to use a mortar and pestle to break it into smaller chunks and lay it out near a sunny window. The pasta sounds like a great idea. I've tried rice but even with fine salt it wasn't always effective in high humidity, and some salts are more moist than others. We went through a month long spell of very high humidity and my open box of Maldon salt was fine, but maybe it's the crystaline structure.


It won't spoil so whatever you do will work, eventually.   

JaneRose's picture

(post #33506, reply #15 of 15)

I wish I had had the patience with the first clumps! It just made me nuts. I was using a sieve and trying to get the rice out ---- I wonder what brings on this insanity!!