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salt (something) down

To cover something in salt to dry it. I wouldn't drive on the roads until they've had a chance to salt them down—they're pretty slick at the moment! We salt down the freshest meat and let it dry cure for at least 72 hours.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

salt something down

to place salt on something, such as icy roads. I won't go out until midmorning, after they have salted the roads down. I hope they salt down the roads soon.
See also: down, salt
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

salt down

To cover something completely in salt in order to preserve it, flavor it, or dry it: The cook salted the eggplant down for four days. Pioneers would salt down meat for the winter.
See also: down, salt
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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This can get the salt down earlier giving us a chance to use less while delivering better service.
If you can't keep your salt down every day, especially when you eat in restaurants, don't give up.
Throw ice-melting salt down when the weather is warm to minimize ice when the temperatures dip below freezing.
I've been up all hours and on the tractor to keep the woodchip gallop open and putting salt down to keep the horses on the move."
In years past, we'd paid a bait shop guy to salt down a cooler of minnows for us.
Mother used to salt down beans in huge glass jars and preserve them that way.
Also, the canal, which used to take the local salt down to the Severn, now runs between the church and Salwarpe Court.
This makes it more efficient to use as contractors do not need to put as much salt down to get the same effect.
Because we are not literally pouring pure salt down our throats, or eating what tastes like salty food, we simply are not counting the spoonfuls going into our bodies.
Tip salt down sink then wipe pan clean with paper towels.
Turnbull and two others were accused of throwing paper towels dipped in hot cooking oil at her, pouring sugar or salt down her throat and shoving pepper up her nose.
Father-of-three Billy, 46, from Rosehall near Lairg, said: "We tried digging and putting salt down, but the conditions were so horrific we had to seek the shelter of the cab."