Please pass the Salt

31 Aug

Have you stocked up on salt yet?  You can’t live without it.  Remember!  When it rains, it pours.




(just a reminder)


Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


14 responses to “Please pass the Salt

  1. Jamie

    September 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I have a couple hundred pounds so far. Mostly just plain non-iodised salt for preserving but I have a mix of pickling, iodized and kosher salt. I want to add a few pounds of the Redmond’s natural salt that is full of good minerals for an electrolyte replacement. I don’t like the Redmond’s for baking as it gives things like bread a gritty texture!

    • Dannyboy53

      September 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Jamie I didn’t know that about Redmond’s salt, I’ll have to educate myself more on that one! I learn something every time I come here.


      • Jamie

        September 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        Danny what kind of salt you buy is important based on what you are doing with it.
        Iodised salt is good for the table salt shaker, jut a little will help avoid disease especially in kids and pregnant mother’s babies.

        You don’t want to use Iodized salt in food preservation. Straight salt is probably your best bet for this task and it is super cheap! I have picked up 50 pound bags at Cash & Cary for $6.00-$8.00. I would imagine Wally world and Costco should be around the same.

        Pickling salt is ground very fine and disolves in cold water quickly. If preserving and the recipe calls for pickling salt you can not substitute regular salt because they measure out differently.

        I use Kosher salt which looks more like flakes rather than small salt grains. It is great for cooking and baking. I tend to use less kosher salt when seasoning my food compared to regular table salt. Also if you are not a child, pregnant/nursing mother you don’t need much iodine as it settles in your system. There are some studies that suggest iodine consumption in adults may lead to other diseases.

        Redmond’s Natural salt, Comes from salt mines and is not treated to make it look a pretty white color but has a pinkish color from the other minerals. If you have a cold or get sick and have used pedilyte or made your own homemade electrolyte mix you used salt but sodium is not the only electrolyte your body needs. Minerals like potassiun, calsium, magnesium are all minerals your body needs to regulate it’s function. While the Redmond’s salt is more expensive than regular salt it is a lot cheaper than Pedilyte and a pound of it goes a long way. Some folks claim it made a big difference in how the felt going off Iodised salt to Redmond’s. That didn’t happen to me but I did notice a difference when I stopped cooking and baking with Iodized salt and going with Kosher salt. You can buy Redmond’s on line but I have a store that provides it at a better price! So check the spice or organic aisle at your local mega mart.

        • The Soffitrat

          September 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

          We have a salt mine just down the road, in Grand Saline. Check out the history of that place sometime! It was what the blacks call a ‘sunset town’.

        • Dannyboy53

          September 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

          Thank you Jamie! I’ve been looking at some salt at our grocery in Heber Springs that is used for preserving meat. I’ve not done any research on it but I think I’ll get a few bags and put away with our stash!

          This is some great info you have posted here, I’m going to copy/print it out to be used in our preparations.

        • Jamie

          September 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

          Danny I’m glad you found the info useful. I’m kind of a geek as well as a history buff and if you look at history spices and salt have often been considered worth their weight in gold. I think every prepper should stock up on spices and learn all types of ethnic cooking is you can create so much variety and fight food fatigue. If you can always buy whole spices as they last longer. Those little grinders for expresso/grinding coffee beans make a great spice grinder and cost about $10.00. If you have to get by with just one grinder run a bit of rice through the grinder between coffee and spices. The rice will absorb all the oils and smells and give you a clean grinder.

  2. Dannyboy53

    September 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Soffitrat after I left police work I drove a truck cross-country for about ten yrs. I picked up some loads of salt a couple of times in south Louisiana and even though I was born and raised in La. that was the first time I had been to a salt mine, it was fascinating!

  3. Dannyboy53

    September 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Thanks again Jamie, more good info! I’ll start looking for one of those grinders you speak of. Our daughter and son-in-law is on their way here this morning from Louisiana, with our four yr old granddaughter! We’re excited as we haven’t seen her in a year and a half. Since you mentioned rice I’m going to cook an old favorite of ours, red beans and rice. We have enough rice and beans to feed a Platoon for a couple of weeks!

    Oh, I can taste it now!!!

    • The Soffitrat

      September 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      And we weren’t invited??? Come on, Jamie. Let’s head to Arkansas! We can just show up on his doorstep, like a couple of orphans. LOL!

      I think that I’m going to have Karen look into those grinders, too. Thanks!

    • The Soffitrat

      September 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Seriously though, Danny. I do need to get up around Hope/Prescott way soon. I’ll shoot you an e-mail. Maybe we can hook up somewhere. I don’t mind going on up to Conway (or there abouts). I’ll let you know when/if I can get up there. BTW, we lost a Council member today. Good friend. Died of an apparent heart attack over in Mt. Vernon.

      • Dannyboy53

        September 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

        If y’all hurry you will be in time! It’s been slow cooking for a couple of hours now and smelling good! I’m about to add some more sausage and the rest of the ingredients.

        You two better hurry!

        I hate to hear about the friend, Mt Vernon isn’t very far from here. A neighbor of ours about 3/4 mile south of us died this morning about 10:30. Seems to come in bunches doesn’t it?

        • The Soffitrat

          September 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

          Yep. Seems to be coming in three’s.

  4. Dannyboy53

    September 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Soffitrat, you and Jamie were too late, it was good…and all gone.

    • The Soffitrat

      September 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Well, hell. I’ll have to catch you on the flip-flop.


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