salt and the importance for survival

Salt and Preppers
The Importance of Salt for Survival

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.

Salt is indeed 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.

Why sea salt is important:
Salt helps the body retain water.
The healthiest salts to buy include 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.

Prepping and Survival Uses of Salt

Prepper Salt Use #1: Preservative (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

Prepper Salt Use #2: Disinfectant for cutting boards.
Salt is a natural cleaning agent. Rub cutting boards with salt
and a damp cloth to improve the appearance after washing them
in soap and water.

Prepper salt use #3: Cleaning cast iron pans.
Salt is one way to clean your cast iron cookware as it provides a
  • Combine salt and vinegar into a paste to clean copper and
  • Clean metal sink stains (combine salt, baking soda into a
  • Simply use salt and nothing else:

Prepper Salt Use #4: Removing poultry pin-feathers.
Got chickens? Rubbing the chicken with salt will help
homesteaders with the task of removing pin-feathers.

Prepper Salt Use #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Pest control.
Salt drives ants away, and is a cruel death for slugs.

Prepper Salt Use #8: 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 #9: Fire extinguisher.
Water will only make a grease fire worse! Salt on a grease fire;
however can effectively help you smother the flames. Keep salt
close at hand in the kitchen.

Prepper Salt Use #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: Removing wine and blood
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.

Prepper Salt Use #13: 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
  • 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!

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

What: salt isn't a spice?
No, salt is not a spice! Preppers consider an adequate supply
of herbs and spices. There are a myriad of reasons to stockpile
spices. First, spices certainly make foods more tasty, but
perhaps more importantly, spices may have medicinal qualities
that may benefit you, and they certainly can help you keep
insects away.

Salt and Prepper: certainly they go together! Even on the
smallest budget, it is wise to stock up on salt, and salt would
make an excellent
bartering item in a long-term survival

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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