What type of salt should I stock up on?

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  1. branchd77

    branchd77 Administrator Staff Member Gold Supporter
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    Does anyone know the best kind of salt to stock up on?
     
    1. Ystranc
      There is no positive benefit to using sea salt. Salt is just salt, table salt is strangely less pure then dishwasher salt. Most salt is mined (I believe the biggest mine is under the Alps but I can't remember it's name) it's one of those products that you can buy on price alone.
       
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  2. Jason

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    Any salt works, as sodium is all you need it for, if you stock up in bulk be sure to deal it in a air and moisture proof container with a amount of rice to draw any residual moisture out.
     
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  3. BIll Dockstader

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    i would suggest at least some iodized salt. iodine helps prevent thyroid problems.
     
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  4. Gene

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    I agree Bill, there is a good reason why salt is iodized.
     
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  5. lonewolf

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    any salt is good for an emergency, most of it here seems to be sea salt. you could access this yourself after an emergency if your near enough to the beach.
    maybe you have salt deserts in the US, which we don't have in the UK.
     
  6. Charles R. Stevens

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    For canning and general consumption I would consider buying "stock salt" as it comes in 50# bags from your feed store, contains no anti-caking agents that cloud pickles. This gives you salt for curing and pickling as well as consumption.
     
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  7. PracticalToby

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    Very sensible suggestion about the rice. Sea salt, rock salt, even, at a pinch, 'table' salt will preseve food, but for curing you need saltpetre as well. Beware, it's combustible.
     
  8. HealthandVitality

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    As a health professional, your health is my primary concern. My answer to you will be; stock up on Sea Salt. It does not go off unless you keep it a damp place. It contains 80-84 minerals that your body needs in order to stay healthy. Those are a lot of minerals that you will certainly not get from the refined salt that is sold to us in takeaways etc. Even for your health and vitality, put sea salt to the test and you will see the difference.
     
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  9. lonewolf

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    any salt at a push will do, sea salt would seem to be the best closely followed by ordinary table salt, these would both seem the easiest to obtain.
     
  10. sunnytn

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    I would suggest regular iodized table salt. It is cost effective and maintains a long shelf life as long as it isn't exposed to moisture.
     
  11. Vash

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    Any ordinary table salt / sea salt should do just fine. If you live by sea / ocean / salt mine, then you can easily make your own salt.

    Try not to overdose yourself with salt. It is not good for your body. So just a small bottle of salt should last you for a very long time. Keep in mind, some ordinary food have trace amount of salt in them too. So you do not need to completely relay on packaged salt.


    I agree. Stay away from "refined" anything when it comes to food. We need a lot of micro nutrition in order to stay healthy. Most "refined" food items strip away all the much needed minerals. It is not just limited to salt. All the grains too. Even refined sugar is not really good for you.
     
  12. ReadmeByAmy

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    At home a sea salt and an iodized salt are the ones we are stocking up. But we are not using too much salt because it is bad for health. We are using salt just to add a little flavor to our foods.
     
  13. Lakeisha Brown

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    Any salt isn't a good answer. Sea salt will not prevent thyroid problems. You will definitely need iodine salt (table Salt NaCl).
     
  14. Kev Brown

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    You can't really go wrong with sea salt for consumption. It contains all the minerals you need and you can consume generous amounts of it without harming your body. It's also cheap and easily available to buy in large quantities. Refined salt is good for general use such as clearing out ice and snow. The best salt for cleaning is sodium tetraborate, which is highly alkaline and a great antifungal and antibacterial cleanser.
     
  15. HealthandVitality

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    You are absolutely right Lakeisha, any salt is not a thoughtful answer. However, on mentioning iodine, sea salt does have a small amount of iodine, although not sufficient to prevent thyroid problems, it is still the best choice in my opinion compared to table salt from the salt mines that is refined and the 80+ minerals are removed and replaced with disease causing chemicals including bleach for whitening . You can always obtain a supplement for iodine, and in these dangerous times we are living of uncertainty of nuclear attacks, iodine should be a must in your medicine cupboard.
     
  16. lonewolf

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    we will need lots of salt, not just for eating but for salting any meat we might obtain for preservation, and other purposes.
    sea salt would be the most natural, table salt is commercial salt and is refined so not that natural, but at a push its better than nothing, which is the point I was trying to make.
     
  17. operator6

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    I use ordinary iodized salt. I use it for cooking, soaking wounds, add it to hand soap and as a mouth rinse.

    I'm a new member, I'll post an intro soon !
     
  18. Ystranc

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    Salt is salt is salt...sodium chloride. The majority of salt is mined not sea salt.
    Table salt contains anti caking agents whereas cooking salt and dishwasher salt are pure. You can fiddle about with fancy products with trace elements (impurities) but if you have a balanced diet you won't gain any benefit from paying a premium price for a fad product.
     
  19. Tumbleweed

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    I use sea salt for almost everything, and I think that the trace minerals are important. When I had horses and goats, I always got the pink salt that had minerals added to it, and not the plain white salt. I think that getting "stock salt" at the feed store would be an excellent idea for getting bulk salt. I have actually only seen the big blocks of salt, and they don't weight 50 lbs, so there must be some that comes in bags that was recommended in the earlier post.
    Possibly, even getting some of the block salt would work because it would be easier to store and transport (if necessary); but you would have to either soak it or break it down to use it for anything.
    Iodized salt can't be used for fermenting foods, like sauerkraut , pickles, or kimchi; so it is good to have some plain salt for that. Actually, the amount of iodine that is put into the chemically manufactured salt that we buy at the store, is not nearly enough to prevent thyroid problems (but that is a whole other thread); so it really doesn't do much good to buy iodized salt. The iodine that is in it can't be used very well by our body, and a lot of it dissipates over time anyway. Chemically processed salt does about as little good as chemically processed sugar does, but that is only my opinion.
    I have Lugol's Iodine, and a few drops of that is enough to actually help your thyroid.
     
  20. Ystranc

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    I'll agree to disagree with you over the trace elements Tumbleweed. I've always just looked for the cheapest pure salt from catering suppliers. Cooking salt in 5Kilo sealed plastic bags. It isn't chemically refined, it's strait out of the ground.
    I can't buy loose stock salt either, we can only get the salt lick blocks. (I use the yellow Rockies brand which does have additional mineral content but no added copper which would harm my sheep) different salt licks for different stock.
     
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