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What is a good type of sea salt to buy?
I want to stock up on some of this but confused about the different brands ( Types)
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Salt, is salt, is salt.

But unless you live near the coast, get a lot. Its vital to survival and food preservation. Metal garbage cans make good storage bins. You can get a few hundred pounds in each and store anywhere as you don't have to worry about it freezing or going bad.

Iodine is vital too but you can't really prep that as it evaporates out too easily.
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Salt, is salt, is salt.

But unless you live near the coast, get a lot. Its vital to survival and food preservation. Metal garbage cans make good storage bins. You can get a few hundred pounds in each and store anywhere as you don't have to worry about it freezing or going bad.

Iodine is vital too but you can't really prep that as it evaporates out too easily.
Not really but some brands are better than others.
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What do you want to do with the salt. I like the Pink Himalayan salt for food/cooking. Generic table salt for my other uses. Both at good prices at my local Winco.

I try and not eat much sea stuff these days. 9 nuke subs are lost in the ocean, plus Chernobyl and Fukushima.
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What do you want to do with the salt. I like the Pink Himalayan salt for food/cooking. Generic table salt for my other uses. Both at good prices at my local Winco.

I try and not eat much sea stuff these days. 9 nuke subs are lost in the ocean, plus Chernobyl and Fukushima.
Good point.
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For bugout, plain old cheap salt, at least some iodized. Barter item, for sure.

If you cook, or can, get good quality salt. Iodized has a yucky undertone, if you pay attention in milder foods.

My favorite is Diamond Kosher in the red packaging, it's awesome. I got a bunch of that, and the Morton Kosher, which is very different. I got Sea Salt, but not a lot. I haven't bought much pink yet, since so much of it is either really expensive, or dyed ordinary salt.

My original source for finding salt interesting was the book, "Salt Fat Acid Heat". No Amazon link, I ain't pimping for them, they are too underhanded.

It's also on Netflix.
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I usually use just plain table salt and blue box of Kosher salt.
Last Christmas a got a variety pack of different "salts"
At first I thought it did taste different.
I'm starting to think now it really doesn't,that its a visual trick.Fancy containers like a pepper grinder,different colors,exotic labels,and high cost.
Maybe I just "want" it to be different.

As a cook,first thing you learn is people see and smell thier dinner for close to 5 minutes before they ever taste it.
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I bought bulk sea salt a long time ago, cannot remember the brand. Repackaged in ziplock bags and put it in five gallon bucket. I use it for everything, including pickles. I have bought the Himalayan (sp?) for everyday use. The claim is there are some extra trace minerals in it. Have also used that for the large animals. I have purchased 50# bags of plain and mineralized salt from the farm store. In a pinch, we could use it as well as the large animals. Seems that 50# takes up more than a five gallon bucket.
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I think if you look at the assay of the fancy sea salt, you will find it is still very pure salt, and not much else.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition...-salt#minerals
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At first I thought it did taste different.
IDK, does all the mercury, PCBs, micro-plastics and other modern pollution affect the flavor...?

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I think if you look at the assay of the fancy sea salt, you will find it is still very pure salt, and not much else.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition...-salt#minerals
So not much difference.
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So not much difference.
Just the price. Maybe cosmetically different.
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I use "Real Salt"
From a salt mine in Utah
In a SHTF most any salt with iodine would be fine for an emergency stash
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What do you want to do with the salt. I like the Pink Himalayan salt for food/cooking. Generic table salt for my other uses. Both at good prices at my local Winco.



I try and not eat much sea stuff these days. 9 nuke subs are lost in the ocean, plus Chernobyl and Fukushima.
That himalayan pink salt... is pink from iron oxide and is produced in Pakistan... just saying...

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Sea salt and rock salt have all sorts of trace elements our body craves, like lithium.

Refined table salt is great for cooking taste as it lacks the iodine and is virtually pure NaCl, but it lacks the iodine, and the lithium, etc.

It is my understanding that rock salt, i.e. mined salt, lacks iodine.

I would imagine sea salt from the caribbean, atlantic islands or southern europe is almost 100% free of Fukushima crap and Chinese pollutants. The ocean's volume is huge.

Unremarkable pink himalayan salt has great marketing behind it. Some Bin Laden sympathizing wealthy oligarch family in Pakistan lives quite well from it, I have no doubt.

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https://sfsalt.com/collections/bulk/...lt-bulk-25-lbs

This company has been my salt source for several years! You can buy in bulk and choose what grain size you want.

Of course they sale many different kinds, but the Himalayan is my go to!

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Pink Himalayan and Real Salt in mylar bags and I've been buying seaweed that I will mylar bag too. The seaweed is for iodine, I can use it when making beef stock for soups.
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IDK, does all the mercury, PCBs, micro-plastics and other modern pollution affect the flavor...?
Nope. Itís salt. A mineral. None of that stuff affects it.
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I use mainly the Pink Himalayan salt; I store some regular bulk salt as well.
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The Himalayan pink salt comes from a mine. The salt was supposedly deposited by some ancient sea a million years ago, so no plastics etc.

Also, the very process of salt crystallization tends to be a purifying process.
In the formation of each crystal, the salt atoms arrange themselves into a tight lattice, excluding pretty much anything else unless it has the same size and characteristics of NaCl. of course there can still be some contaminants between crystals.
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