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Old 08-29-2009, 04:28 PM
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I'm researching the best place to buy bulk salt. So far the best I've found is:

http://www.saltworks.us/

If I buy in bulk (50 or 55# bag) these are the prices (per #) for what I am considering:

Grey sea salt (3.75)
Sonoma (1.12)
New Zealand (1.45)

Is there any place better I did not find?

Also as far as long term storage, aside from keeping it dry its there anything to worry about with salt? I would assume temperature doesn't matter, but is it something pest/varmint would try to get into?
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You might want to try a bulk food suplier, and don't forget to store it in mylar bags with an oxygen absorber to keep it fresh and not turning into a rock.
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While it make sense to buy some for use in food, most of the salt will be used for keeping meat (my guess). I suggest that you buy the white salt blocks and your local feed store.
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It will be for all types of purposes, but especially barter.

FYI, I am not interested in regular white store brand type iodized or kosher salt. I only want a sea or other mineral salt that has trace minerals, etc.
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our local farm supply store sells 50 pound bags of sifto granulated salt for 12 bucks.
that's about 45 cents a pound.
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http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...=5&item=181933

25# Bag @ $4.28 -> $0.17 per lb.

Assuming you're ok with Granulated Table Salt, you probably can't get it too much cheaper.
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I'm researching the best place to buy bulk salt. So far the best I've found is:

http://www.saltworks.us/

If I buy in bulk (50 or 55# bag) these are the prices (per #) for what I am considering:

Grey sea salt (3.75)
Sonoma (1.12)
New Zealand (1.45)

Is there any place better I did not find?

Also as far as long term storage, aside from keeping it dry its there anything to worry about with salt? I would assume temperature doesn't matter, but is it something pest/varmint would try to get into?
I've think you've found as good a place as any. I've purchased from them in the past. I have about 25lbs of various flavors of sea salt on hand.
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http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...=5&item=181933

25# Bag @ $4.28 -> $0.17 per lb.

Assuming you're ok with Granulated Table Salt, you probably can't get it too much cheaper.
This. It was actually $3.75 for a 25lb bag here. I bought about 4 bags. Can't beat it.
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My local MURDOCH'S (feed supply store chain ) has hay salt medium course kiln dried salt in 50lb. bags for $ 5.99 , thats just about .10 a pound.

Perfectly good for human comsumption, tanning hides, salting meat, canning, etc. etc...
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You might want to try a bulk food suplier, and don't forget to store it in mylar bags with an oxygen absorber to keep it fresh and not turning into a rock.
I hope you are kidding.
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Some people ( not I ) don't like it when their foodstuffs look different then what they are used to. I have seen people throw out salt that has hardend due to humidity , brown sugar and honey because they did not know how to re-constitute it and put them to good use.
I just said what I said so that waste might not occure.
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This. It was actually $3.75 for a 25lb bag here. I bought about 4 bags. Can't beat it.
Yeah, I always forget about the Alaska "overhead" in our local prices.
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This. It was actually $3.75 for a 25lb bag here. I bought about 4 bags. Can't beat it.
That's where I buy mine too. I also stock heavy on non iodized salt for canning and meat preserving. It's cheap, lasts forever, and has about the best barter potential of anything I can think of considering it's a needed nutrient.
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I buy the water softner salt at Home Depot when it goes on sale. I think I spent $3.00 for a 40 pound bag, the handle was ripped. It's generally pretty inexpensive, though, and since it's for water softners, it's food grade.

To be honest, I've also seen sidewalk or road salt on sale in spring that's up to edible standards- 100% Sodium Chloride, it's salt.

I also have a 40 pound bag of the more expensive water softner salt, the Potassium Chloride. I think it runs about $45 for it, but if you know anyone on hypertension medication, you can substitute half or slightly more than half of the salt they eat with the potassium chloride and it'll do wonders for them- which is not such a bad thing to have on hand if their blood pressure medication isn't around anymore.

I've also gotten a few bags of the stuff for free at my local household hazardous waste depot. There's a spot they put things that aren't really hazardous waste people drop off, so I've gotten salt there, as well as a bunch of useful things- most my stored sterno, lamp oil, and other things like that have come from there, as well as lots of paints. so if you have one of those nearby check it out in case you can load up on a bunch of salt for free.
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You might want to try a bulk food suplier, and don't forget to store it in mylar bags with an oxygen absorber to keep it fresh and not turning into a rock.
i heard an oxygen absorber would make it hard, just like sugar?

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I also have a 40 pound bag of the more expensive water softner salt, the Potassium Chloride. I think it runs about $45 for it, but if you know anyone on hypertension medication, you can substitute half or slightly more than half of the salt they eat with the potassium chloride and it'll do wonders for them- which is not such a bad thing to have on hand if their blood pressure medication isn't around anymore.
Potassium chloride will not do much for anyone who is not salt-sensitive, hypertensive or not, but it is a vital component in making up electrolyte solutions, which will be literal lifesavers in a PSHTF world.

That "salt=high blood pressure" stuff is a hold-over from the 1950s. Relatively few people are truly sensitive to salt in their diet.
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I'm not worried too much about salt. I'm close enough to the GSL I can go on a salt run whenever! I'm sure I could buy salt water cheap at the Mortons plant.
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I got sal from saltworks for fermenting. It was the cheapest and the purest I have found. You should get salt without additives like anti-caking agents. That way you can use it for anything.
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