Salt has an affinity to water and can draw moisture out of many foods. Grains of table salt are also very hard, which is why they act as a handy abrasive. 1. Make eggs or cream whip up faster and higher. Add a pinch of salt before beating. 2. De-ice sidewalks. In a pinch, it can be used as a substitute for rock salt. 3. Keep chicken or turkey moist. Rub salt in the cavity of the bird before cooking. 4. Prevent sautés made with eggplant or zucchini from getting watery. Sprinkle salt on these vegetables before cooking. 5. Eliminate sticky residue from an iron. Run the hot iron (no steam) over plain paper sprinkled with salt.