Friday, October 7, 2011

Saltine Crackers

I thought saltine crackers would be a no-brainer for a salt blog, but can you believe that there are unsalted varieties?  Saltine crackers, sans-salt. I'm appalled.

That's just a cracker.

Anyway, if you like crackers and you like salt, then this is the perfect combination.  The ingredients: flour, shortening, yeast, baking soda -- and, of course, salt.  Saltine crackers are also called soda crackers because after the dough rises, alkaline soda is added to cut the acidity of the yeast.  I guess I can handle the idea of salt-free saltine crackers, but only if they're called "soda crackers" instead.  Not everything can have salt in it; I can admit that.

The holes in the crackers are so that steam can escape while they bake, making the dough rise uniformly.  The perforations on the edges are there because the crackers are baked in sheets and then broken apart into neat little squares.

Saltine crackers have been around since at least the nineteenth century, and they were first marketed as "Premium Soda Crackers," and later as "Premium Saltines."  The Premium brand was later absorbed by Nabisco.  Nabisco once held a patent on the word "saltine," but popular use of the word has since rendered the patent no longer extant.  Be careful using the word in Australia, though, because "saltine" is patented there by Arnott's Biscuit Holdings.  In New Zealand they have this:

Is that Spanish I detect? Hm...
 
So according to Wikipedia, saltine crackers are used as a home remedy to settle upset stomachs, which I guess makes sense, but Wikipedia mentions another home remedy called "Chelt," which makes little to no sense.  "Chelt" is a combination of saltine crackers and spearmint or menthol flavoring, which, taken before breakfast (I'm guessing this is very important), is meant to promote hair growth.  While I have zero faith in "Chelt" actually working, I'm also taking it's very existence into consideration (let's say with a grain of salt) because surprise, surprise...
 
 
 
 


30 comments:

  1. Ive had unsalted "saltines" before its like eating small wafers of cardboard

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  2. saltines, they are the dryyyyyyyy cracker and when i eat them they stick to my teeth and i have to lick them to get the chunks of dough off.

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  3. I like saltines with peanut butter on them.
    yum

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  4. Try to whistle after eating a cracker D:

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  5. I love saltines. They go well with everything. Doesn't matter is sweet or salty.
    On the other hand, we have the non-salt version, that suck donkey balls.

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  6. Yes, crackers + mint = hair. I see how this works....

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  7. never had those, but you know, fuck salt

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  8. I used to love these. Yes, used to. Nothing against salt though!.. Nothing too much, at least..

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  9. I suddenly have a strong craving for saltines.

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  10. I love them, but the problem is that I cannot stop eating ahghgha.

    Good memories when wow expansion came out and I had 3 full packages of those cookies.

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  11. Cracker races are the funnest things ever.

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  12. you made me crave some crackers now

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  13. Give me some crab dip and I don't care if the crackers have salt on them or not :D

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  14. I never thought I'd learn so much about saltines

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