Salt: Could you make it in a pinch?

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  1. kevseadog

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    Hell all,

    I have been making my own salt from sea water for years.

    It just dawned on me that since we lose salt when we sweat, it is probably a pretty good thing to be able to DIY if one needed to. After all, Native Americans traded salt quite often as it is such a valuable item.

    Here is a 30 second video my girlfriend and I put together showing the process for those who would like to give it a try!

     
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    I'd try that, but the only sea near me is full of fresh water!
     
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    Long way to the sea from Ohio. Salt licks on Ohio River and Scioto River are closer. Probably same techniques.

    https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1820548.pdf

    "Wedged between the Big Sandy and the Kentucky River systems the Licking River runs a fairly consistent course from South to North if slightly west for 320 miles to the Ohio across from Cincinnati."
     
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    I could not, all freshwater for me.
     
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    I will have to try this next time I head to the coast.
     
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    Check.
    You may be surprised.
     
  8. Youcantreadinthedark

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    Roanoke Va used to be called Big Lick (much better name, really) because of local salt licks, but I have never tried to recycled my own sweat-salt.
     
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    Plenty of salt in the storage container.

    I got to visit the huge salt ‘farming’ fields on the north coast of Colombia years ago. Amazing to watch the harvest.
     
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    I'll just go out and lick the road in Winter.
    Or collect my sweat for when it's needed :)
     
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    I'm about 40 miles from the sea, and if I did I'd make a day of it .
    I use sea salt any way so its not new to me. thanks for the video.
     
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    Well, the closest salt I know of is about a hundred miles west of us in the old salt mines in Hutchenson Kansas. Ocean front property is really hard to find around here.
     
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    We are pretty much deep-well country, all fresh water. I know of a salt spring, that Lewis and Clark mentioned, but if SHTF I would have to wait in line. It is advertised as such, but it is off the beaten path.
     
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    I'm far, far from the ocean...so far, haven't found any mineral salt sources here locally. There's a dry salt lake to the north of me (on the Zuni reservation) but it would be a heck of a walk.

    A method of salt production I've read about is to burn salt-bearing plants down to (salt-flavored) ash. The four-winged saltbush here definitely tastes salty, and might be worth testing out in this manner.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed it!


    I read that when I was a kid. I cannot remember where though. I would be VERY interested in the results if someone were to try that!
     
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    I just suck on my T shirt after sweating a lot.
     
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    Not near the sea, but brother lives near Pensacola and I sent him this video of a fellow boiling out sea salt.

    Just another perspective if anyone cares to watch it.

     
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    A lot of salt licks in KY. Daniel Boone and some other Frontiersmen fron Fort Boonesbough were captured at a Salt lick by the Shawnee. Very precious item on the frontier.
     
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    I'm surrounded by ocean! I know the water isn't always "clean", in that there are a lot of people in it, plus offshore boats dumping. Recently the news mentioned a high bacteria count on a couple of beaches over on Oahu, and we've had that at times here on Maui too. That can happen when an offshore storm stirs up the sediment and unsavory materials disperse again. Or of course when storms cause sewage to overflow, runoff from fertilized fields, and so on.

    I would suppose the boiling is going to kill anything, as long as I don't recontaminate with unclean containers that were used to transport the raw seawater, and make sure boiling water cleanses all surfaces of the container that is used for heating & evap.

    I like it!
     
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    Yeah, people are dirty! I always try to get as far as possible from cities and even creek mouths that may have livestock upstream before filling up my sea water jugs. I did my MA in L.A. and after rainstorms we would wait several days before freediving just because of the nasty runoff. Clean sea water= clean sea salt
     
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    If it gets down to it... these are in the fields all around me. :)
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    In the midwest, almost everyone has a bag of rock salt in the garage that I guess you could use in a pinch. I've picked up pieces spread by trucks before a storm that are half the size of my fist!

    I used to think that the Native Americans got their salt from the blood of animals, but that does not seem to be the case: https://www.crt.state.la.us/dataprojects/archaeology/virtualbooks/SALT/hist.htm

    Beware boiling seawater, plastics are now showing up in our sea salt:
    https://www.theguardian.com/environ...-around-world-contaminated-by-plastic-studies.

    If you are a history buff, I highly recommend Salt: a World History by Mark Kurlansky.

    Chazzle
     
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    I seem to recall that you can soak/boil small hickory stems down and you will have a salty residue. This can be re-dissolved and refined further. I need to look into that again and see if my memory is accurate.
     
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    Thanks for the tips! Plastic is everywhere these days! If everyone just packed out what they pack in like a good bushcrafter... but that is not the world we life in.

    I remember reading this as well. "My Side of the Mountain" maybe? We don't have hickory out here so I have never tried it but would be curious if anyone has!
     
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    Did you ever smoke your salt? Smoked salt is supposed to be delicious.
     
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    I could now that I've read this thread!
     
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