Kitchen Tip: Salt Shaker

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Ever since I can remember my mom has put a few grains of rice in her salt shaker.  And so, I have always put a few grains of rice in my salt shaker (~ 1/2 tsp.).  The purpose of the rice is to absorb moisture and prevent the salt from clumping.

salt shakerSince I have always put rice in my salt shaker, I don’t actually know for certain that my salt will clump without it.  But since I live in a humid climate, especially in the summer, I figure it’s an easy enough tradition to continue.

question markI’m curious, though.  Do any of you have problems with your salt clumping?

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Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Rice in the salt shaker really doesn’t do anything to prevent clumping. At most it will help break up any clumps, but it’s use as a desiccant is not very good. Don’t forget, we need to boil rice for 20 minutes to get it to absorb water.

  2. Linda, I am for the rice method! I’m just down the road from you and when I’ve forgotten to put in rice, the salt definitely clumps together. If I add rice, clumping is not a problem at all. So I’m for this kitchen tip!


  3. I’ve never had problems with traditional table salt clumping even in the humid summer weather of the mid-west (Morton added anti-caking ingredients to their salt). But, I do have problems with Celtic sea salt clumping. I’ve read about using rice as an anti-clumping ingredient but someone also suggested dried beans as they are bigger and not likely to accidentally go through or get stuck in the holes in the shaker.

  4. Salt clumping is an issue for me. But, because I use unprocessed salt, I have to pound it into small particles and put it in a grinder for table use and so no rice is used to soak up the moisture. On humid days, the salt actually turns into liquid!

  5. Terri Brown says:

    My Mother and Grandmother always put a few peas or beans in the salt shaker to absorb moisture. I use Celtic Sea Salt and but the least expensive kind which is coarse, so I sry it out on a paper plate and then put it in a grinder, so I cannot add rice or peas into my grinder, and it is very humid in Minnesota in the Summer (very dry in winter), and my salt does not clump, but there is definitely more moisture in it in the Summer. I think if we use A/C in the house, it does not clump enough to matter. By the way – read up on salt – you do not want to buy the salt in the blue cardboard in grocery store. Some kind of sea salt that is “UN-processed” is best – with the minerals still in it. The groc store blue cardboard has the good minerals removed!!! Buy in bulk and save. I buy salt every 5 years. I hope this helps.

  6. Our salt always clumps together because we use real salt. We are so used to shaking the salt before using that we even do that for pepper and salt that doesn’t need it :)

  7. Debbie says:

    I’ve used rice in my salt for years, as well. When I forget to put it in, Clumps!! It does work!!

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