using salt in prepping and survival

Prepper Salt Use #7: Removing poultry pin-feathers.
Got chickens? Rubbing the chicken with salt will help
homesteaders with the task of removing pin-feathers.

Prepper Salt Use #8: Peeling eggs.
Okay, this is just a fun use of salt. Did you know boiled eggs will
peel more easily when boiled in salt water?

Prepper Salt Use #9: Testing a bad egg.
Did you know salt is useful for testing the freshness of your
eggs? Mix two cups of water with four teaspoons salt until the
salt dissolves, then place the egg in question in the solution. A
fresh egg sinks; conversely, a bad egg floats.

Prepper Salt Use #10: Pest control.
Salt drives ants away, and is a cruel death for slugs.


Prepper Salt Use #11: Boiling water.
You can't stare at a pot of water to make it boil faster, but you
can add salt to it! Adding salt to water makes the water boil
faster, which often reduces cooking time saving valuable fuel.
Adding salt to pasta also will help reduce the gelatin starch in the
pasta. And you can never add too much salt to pasta because
pasta has a limit to salt absorption.

Prepper Salt Use #12: Dish washing.  
Want to get rid of the brown gunk at the bottom of your porcelain
tea cups? Use salt to grind the stains away. The salt is abrasive
enough to clean, yet gentle on your fine China. Salt also helps
you clean a glass by scouring at the bottom. The trick is to use
ice in combination. This dish washing secret (ice and salt) will
help you rinse your coffee stained glass.


Prepper Salt Use #13: Thawing and melting ice.
Salt will certainly help clear the icy roads. And for preppers living
in cold regions, know that salt will help dry your clothes in
Winter. Use salt in the final laundry rinse if hanging your clothes
on the line outside.

Prepper Salt Use #14: Attracting wild game.
Every living thing needs salt. Use salt not only for your livestock,
but set out salt licks for attracting wild game.

A salt lick is for use with horses, cattle, or as a hunting game
lure. The Himalayan rock salt lick, pictures right, is filled with
essential vitamins and minerals that animals both crave and need.

Prepper Salt Use #15: Varied medicinal uses.
Humans need salt to live! As well, all animals need salt. Without
salt, quiet simply, the cells in your body would die. Salt contains
chloride and sodium ions, and all living things need these
components in small quantities.

  • Dental treatment: Eases dental problems, which is why
    Dentists recommend swishing with a warm salt water
    solution. Salt acts as an isotonic.

  • Oral relief. Soothes sore throats. (Grandma says to stir 1/2
    teaspoon salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water.)

  • Topical treatment: Salt is an antibacterials agent. It kills
    bacteria!
  • Diluted, salt works as a mild antiseptic.
  • Get a cut at the beach? Head to the salty waters and
    let it dry naturally. The salt helps dry your wound.
  • Salt and a drop of water can help relieve bee stings.

  • Diuretic. Salt can aid in relieving diarrhea when combined
    with a simple sugar and water solution, making it a
    fundamental part of a long term survival plan. However, the
    first option should always be a commercially prepared drink
    to restore electrolytes. Salt acts as an electrolyte and this
    carries charges, or messages, to different parts of the body
    to tell cells what to do. Electrolytes are the electric charge
    that tells your lungs to breath and your muscles to move,
    and it also control your blood pressure.

  • Pregnancy. Salt intake during pregnancy can reduce mental
    retardation at birth.

  • Thyroid. Salt reduces goiters.

Today Americans get more than enough sodium and salt in their
diet (thanks in part to the commercially processed foods
available), which is probably why they take salt for granted. In a
world living off the grid; however, salt becomes increasingly
important to maintain life!

Prepper Salt Use #16: Removing wine and blood
stains.
Cleaning up after zombie invasions is hard work! Seriously,
though, salt helps absorb the stains. Sprinkle, allow to set then
vacuum and apply a cold water rinse to help.How is removing
wine and blood stains a prepper use? Well, during the Great
Depression people made do with what they had, and removing
stains and repairing clothes would help prolong their usefulness.

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Not all salt is the same!
Anne Lange, in her book, "The Prepper's Pantry, Building and
Thriving with Food Storage,"  recommends preppers stock 10-lbs.
per person of sea salt (page 71). All salt is from the sea, so this
recommendation doesn't divulge how much of each kind of salt to
stock. With so many kinds of salt, it's important to know how to
use them:

  1. Sea salt. Natural sea salt does not have iodine.
  2. Iodized salt. Iodized salt is a dietary mineral essential for
    humans. Iodine helps prevent mental retardation. Humans
    need iodized salt to avoid thyroid gland problems and goiter
    and to help regulate fluid balance in the body.
  3. Pickling salt. Preppers will need pickling salt to brine.
    Pickling salt has no iodine in it because iodine oxidizes the
    food and darkens them.
  4. Meat tenderizing salts. Morton Curing Salts are perfectly
    formulated. The Plain Sugar Cure Mix is for dry or sweet
    pickle curing of meat, game, poultry, salmon, and other fish.
    The Smoke Flavored is great for large cuts of meat like bacon
    and hams. Only for dry curing, not for making a pickling
    brine. The Tender Quick is a fast cure product used on
    meats, game, poultry, salmon, and other fish. Use as a dry
    cure or a pickling cure.
  5. Kosher salt. True Kosher salt is blessed by a rabbi, but
    there is more in the koshering process. The craggy crystals of
    Kosher salt make it perfect for curing meat. Kosher salt is a
    chef favorite because it dissolves quickly and disperses
    flavors evenly.
  6. Himalayan salt is a mineral-rich salt. Himalayan pink salt is
    a miraculous and beautiful unrefined salt that will heal you
    from the inside out
  7. Cattle Salt. Ranchers need salt for their livestock, some is
    mixed in the trough, and also there are salt blocks. Salt
    blocks can be used to attract wild life!
  8. Epsom salt. Not edible, Epsom salt is a prepper's best friend.

Salt isn't a spice?
Salt is a mineral (not a spice) with such a rich history in survival.
It was something ancients killed for, traded around, craved and
valued as much as gold. Look to history and you'll find salt was
an important commodity:

  • The Chinese, apparently invented salt, but it was so
    expensive that the people extended its use with condiments
    and that is how soy sauce was born.

  • In ancient biblical times, people used salt as a ceremonial
    offering at burial.

  • Egyptians evaporated seawater from the Mediterranean Sea
    and used salt as a valuable part of mummification.

  • Romans valued salt so highly that they paid soldiers in salt;
    hence the word "salary" comes from the word salt. Likewise,
    the term "worth its weight in salt" was also born of this
    practice.

Why sea salt is important...
Salt of all types help the body retain water, but the healthiest
salt to buy includes salt with iodine, sea salt, and
Himalayan salt
with minerals. Ordinary table salt is devoid of some 80 minerals!
Sea salt is the salt with the least processing: it is simply
evaporated from the ocean and includes the goodness of nature.
Another good natural salt to consider is
baking soda, sodium
bicarbonate, specifically Bob's Red Mill baking soda, which is
aluminum free and helps control alkaline levels to restore proper
pH balance.

What more can you do with salt?

  • If you had a cast iron pot, you could clean it with salt.

  • If you had no toothpaste you could brush your teeth with
    salt.

  • If you have a straw broom, you help it last longer by soaking
    the bristles in hot water mixed with salt.


Happy endings...
If you're
prepping on the cheap, salt is one of the things you can't
afford to overlook. It can become your lifeline with bartering. Best
of all, salt lasts for ever. Like all good things; however, salt in
excess is harmful.

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Are you worth your weight in salt?
Have you ever given thought to how truly useful salt is? Salt was
something ancients killed for, traded around, and valued as much
as gold. Salt is vital to survival and an important part of prepping!

Survival Salts
Salt and prepper: certainly they go together! Even the smallest
budget can afford to stock up on salt. There are many kinds of
salts for survival, including...

You can purchase salt today for pennies a pound, and you should.
Here's why...

Prepping and Survival Uses of Salt
Salt is valuable in modern times as it can serve many purposes
(medicinal and survival). Salt balances electrolytes that regulates
your heart rate and ensures proper cell functions. Salt can help
preppers and survivalists treat sore throats and ease dental
issues, make soap, and of course make food taste better.

Preppers can purchase salt today for pennies a pound, and they
should in preparation for a society off the grid!

Salt has many survival uses...

Prepper Salt Use #1: Food preservation.
From salt cures to pickling and preserves, salt is useful as a food
preservative. We need salt to preserve food. Salt does this by
inhibiting growth of germs in a process of osmosis where the salt
pushes water out of the microbial cells.

  • Curing meats  From curing salmon into gravlox to making
    beef jerky, sodium chloride (also known as table salt) is the
    primary ingredient in curing meat and fish.

  • Important: get canning salt! For pickling, use only pickling
    salt because it has no additives. It's pure salt! Pure canning
    and pickling salt has no additives or anti-caking ingredients
    to darken pickles or cloud pickling liquid.

  • Right is Morton's canning and pickling salt. It's a pure
    granulated salt, with no added preservatives or free-
    flowing agents that you can use in cooking, canning or
    pickling.

As a prepper, you'll want to keep salt close at hand in the kitchen
and not just for seasoning purposes.

Prepper Salt Use #2: put out a fire.
As a fire extinguisher salt is invaluable with grease fires. As you
may know, water will only make a grease fire worse! Dousing salt
on a grease fire can effectively help you smother the flames.


Prepper salt use #3: fireplace cleanup.
Indeed it's valuable to extinguish a fire with salt, but have you
considered that salt can also help you clean the place you intend
fire to go? the fireplace.

Prepper salt use #4: Bartering.
Salt is an easy-to-store and inexpensive bartering item in that
would serve a prepper well in a long-term survival scenario.

Make sure to transfer the salt to water tight container, such as
masons jar, food-grade buckets, Mylar bags and the like. You
don't want moisture to degrade your salt in storage or wash away.

Prepper Salt Use #5: Disinfectant for cutting boards.
Salt is a natural cleaning agent and abrasive. Rub cutting boards
with salt and a damp cloth to improve the appearance after
washing them in soap and water.

Prepper salt use #6: Cleaning cast iron pans.
Salt is one way to clean your cast iron cookware as it provides a
food-based
  • Combine salt and vinegar into a paste to clean copper and
    brass.
  • Clean metal sink stains (combine salt, baking soda into a
    paste).
  • Simply use salt and nothing else: