I have seen many hides for sale here, that are said to be salted AND frozen. Will most freezers freeze something that has been salted? Why freeze something that has been salted in the first place? I once heard to either salt or freeze a hide, not both. Could someone clear this up?
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Do one or the other, never both. Salt prevents freezing.
I had a customer bring me in some hides to tan last night. There were some hides that he had salted and then froze. These hides were moldy and slipping. There were only 3 hides out of 8 that were any good. These were the ones that had not been salted.
Thats what I thought, but I just saw that description in the for sale adds for a bobcat.
While we say and think both will not work, the truth is yes it will to some extent.
Salt i.e. Sodium Chloride, will melt ice, but while it is melting the ice, it will drop the tempature to well below 32 degrees F.
This is why many large ice houses use a salt brine solution for vats in which to place a 300 lb, ice form. to make out hard block wet ice.
Refridgerated with Ammonia.
I have froze hides both ways. I seem to have good results either way.
I store salted and dried capes, the active term here being dried, in a freezer to prevent bug damage if I am not going to have them tanned right away. My main reason for this is to prevent the capes from rehydrating when it becomes humid. If you are going to put a "little" salt on the cape and then freeze without drying the skin you're just asking for problems.