Pretzel Salt Saves you Money.

Recycled Pretzel Bag Salt

Use the salt from your empty bag of pretzels.
Use the salt from your empty bag of pretzels.
Fresh Green Beans, a clove of sliced garlic, a little olive oil and the salt from your empty bag of pretzels.
Fresh Green Beans, a clove of sliced garlic, a little olive oil and the salt from your empty bag of pretzels.

Yes, for some of us this is necessary.

Every day, just when I think that things are improving... something else pops up that keeps me up all night trying to think of something that can stretch our dollars a little bit more.

Actually, my husband came up with this idea. One day, I found his empty bag of pretzels near my spice cabinet. I was about to throw the bag out, when he stopped me. He said that he wanted to add the salt in the bag to a pot of soup that he was going to make, later that day.

I'm not a pretzel or potato chip eater, but my husband needs a few extra calories because he gets so much exercise with his job and takes off weight in the spring and summer. He munches some of those snacks while watching TV.

I usually put some of the pretzels in a bowl and give him a nice beverage to drink. I feel better that no human hands were in that bag so the salt is safe to use after the bag is empty. We also buy small bags so he doesn't over do it.

It's funny, the salt in the empty bags are exactly the amount that is needed in most recipes. Soups taste just right! Fresh vegetables also are flavored with just enough salt from the bag to fit the bill.

With the cost of everything going up each day, I hope, if you can still afford snacks for your family that you will remember this tip and use up that salt at the bottom of the bag... Waste not, want not.

Until we meet again... Francesca27

Green Beans with Garlic, Olive Oil and Salt

5 stars from 1 rating of Fresh Green Bean Side

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 2-4 people


  • 1 Pound Fresh Green Beans
  • 1 small Clove Garlic, Sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • left over Salt, From empty Pretzel Bag
  • 1 quart Water


  1. Wash, Drain and remove tips from Green Beans. Place in a 2 quart pot. Add enough water to cover the beans. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Drain the Beans.
  2. In a bowl add the drained Beans, Sliced Garlic, Olive oil and salt from the empty bag of pretzels. Mix well and serve.

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Pauline Davenport 4 years ago from Isle of Man

Sounds rather nice does this Francesca27. I'm always on the look out for different ways to serve vegetables, and we're all garlic lovers here - and yes- it's good to have tips in order to do a bit of saving too - thanks for this.

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Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page Author

Thanks Pauline Davenport. I've been hunting for tips for many years now. My husband works very hard, outdoors, so when he comes home he's tired. The money he earns is 80% less than before 2008, so I need to cut back wherever I can.

ntr57 4 years ago

I never thought of doing this. What a great idea! Hopefully I will remember not to throw out the bags.

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Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page Author

Hi ntr57, Once you start using the salt from the bag, you will never let a snack bag go to the trash before checking to see if any flavoring salts are in there.

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