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Salt as a dessicant?

Posted by Newfiepaws Zone 5 MA (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 21, 02 at 13:13

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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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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


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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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


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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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


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Excellent site...thank you.


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Excellent informtion. Thanks!


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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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


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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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

Chey


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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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.


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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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

Chey


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RE: Salt as a dessicant?

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


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