whats the difference it salt

Submitted by tom C on 2/20/05 at 6:00 PM. ( tomcolaiseno25@aol.com )

yes Ibeen trying to tan a skunk and when I salt it the skin is still moist I cant get it to dry for some reason I done a fox hide it turned out great I am using iodized salt some says thats the problum is there a difrence in iodize and no iopdize please help

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The difference is humidty - not Salt!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 2/20/05 at 6:32 PM. ( rittel@mindspring.com )

The fact that it wont dry is not the Salt - it's the humidity where you are trying to dry it. Either move it to somewhere where its drier or install a Dehumidifier in your Shop. It's a good investment for drying skins as well as mounts.

You can use Iodized or Non Iodized Salt for salting. The important thing to keep in mind is that you want a fine, quick dissolving, non mineralized type of Salt. Avoid Rock Salt (too many minerals) or Kosher Salt (doesnt dissolve easily)! I like cow Feed mixing Salt! By the way - the amount of Iodine in Iodized Salt is extremely small and wont effect anything.


This response submitted by Frank E Kotula on 2/20/05 at 6:33 PM. ( basswtrout@msn.com )

You can tan a hide with salt alone. There are many different ways of tanning but salt is not one. Click on the orange button on your left and type in hoe to tan. you'll find your answers there.

With a skunk...

This response submitted by cyclone on 2/21/05 at 8:30 AM. ( )

Your problem is more likely that it is greasey. Degrease.

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