Salt as a dessicant?

newfiepaws(Zone 6A MA)July 21, 2002

Hi Driers & Pressers,

I've been using silica gel as a dessicant, but it is fairly expensive. Has anyone tried using table salt in place of silica gel? If so, how did it work? Tx.

Sharon

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newfiepaws(Zone 6A MA)

For anyone interested, I just did a little research. It turns out that you can use salt, so long as it is uniodized salt.
Sharon

    Bookmark   July 22, 2002 at 6:31AM
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Ichabod_Jane

Sharon, this is interesting. Please let us know how the salt works out...thanks.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2002 at 10:14PM
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pamritchie(z6KY)

Here is a like to a page about drying flowers with all kinds of things.

Here is a link that might be useful: drying flowers and things

    Bookmark   July 26, 2002 at 2:58PM
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Ichabod_Jane

Excellent site...thank you.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2002 at 3:35PM
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enchantedplace

Excellent informtion. Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2003 at 11:38PM
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cheyjohn

Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I am going to check out the site now. Curious if Kosher salt would work, since that's what we use in our house...

Chey

    Bookmark   October 27, 2003 at 11:10AM
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cheyjohn

Would you use the salt just like you would the borax? I didn't really much info about using just salt to preserve.

Chey

    Bookmark   October 27, 2003 at 5:58PM
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enchantedplace

The statement was to add the cornmeal to the borax to reduce weight on the flowers and that adding plain salt 1 to 2 tablespoons might speed up the drying time. No specific ratios for cornmeal - borax. Salt that is used for canning would probably be the kind to use.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2003 at 8:36PM
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cheyjohn

I guess I misunderstood. I was thinking they were referring to using salt alone. Sorry.

Chey

    Bookmark   October 28, 2003 at 1:23PM
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enchantedplace

Good luck, Chey.. working with dried flowers is very enjoyable. Nice to share with you. Don't forget to give follow up on the calla lily. EP

    Bookmark   October 28, 2003 at 3:11PM
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