Why is salt so important to this whole process?

Submitted by Bill on 02/04/2003. ( )

Just curious to know why we salt for green hides,salt for pickling and salt for the tanning ,just a cheap shot to make the water soft for the whole process?

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This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 02/04/2003. ( rittel@mindspring.com )

Salt promotes rapid drying - In the pickle it prevents Acid swelling -and in the tan it insures that if your skin is acidic it also wont swell! It's not a matter of making water soft!

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This response submitted by Bill on 02/04/2003. ( )

Hey thanks Bruce,i knew my cheap shot wasn't right,might as well know what everything does cause i'm using them rite

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This response submitted by RTF on 02/04/2003. ( nysp_2003@hotmail.com )

Just be sure too that you salt those green hides real good before you even try to pickle. If you do not have to rehydrate a hide prior to pickling, then you didnt salt the green hide too well.


This response submitted by Erik on 02/04/2003. ( )

On my hides as far as I know the salt takes the grease out of the skin. Like on my coon I'm tanning now I had to put salt on it and soaked it in salt water 2 times and when I washed it out the grease was pretty much all gone.

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