Too much Salt?

Submitted by Roy on 11/30/00. ( )

Is there a such thing as putting too much salt in your pickle bath? And if so what will happen? After salting the hide I drop the skin right in the pickle bath after knocking off most of the salt. Had some slippage with using saftee-acid. Not blaming the acid, used it before with no problem. Just wondering if I should rinse ALL the salt off first.

Return to Category Menu


This response submitted by Dave at VanDyke's Taxidermy Supply Co. on 11/30/00. ( )


Personally, I dont think that you can add too much as salt will stop desolving once its reached its full desolving capacity.This is on the same principle of a sponge can ony hold as much fluid as its capacity. once its reached this point, it cant obsorb anymore!
Ive always put a bit more salt in my pickle than what was nesessary, so that way, I knew that there was enough in the solution.

But if you have any doubts about this, the best thing that you can do is to buy your self a professional Salinometer. Its used to test the strength of tanning pickles and brine solutions, and will ensure accurate tanning.We sell them here at VanDykes, as I'm sure others do also.

There might be those to disagree with me about the salt issue, and by no means would I ever deliberately missslead you on something as important as this issue, but I've used this system or principle in my pickle baths for 10 years now without any problems.

If I can help you in any other way,you can contact me at (1-800) 843-3320 or you can e-mail me at this address.

Good luck to you..............Dave


This response submitted by John W. on 12/1/00. ( )

Roy, I agree with Dave,a little extra salt wont hurt a thing, I believe a lot of our problems stem from customers letting their capes lay around a little longer than what they should for one reason or another,and one of the main problems I noticed lately are the meat processing places letting the capes lay around for a couple of days ,and when I recieve the capes theyre not frozen which really adds fuel to the fire.

Return to Category Menu