I could not find an answer in the archives for my specific question.
Can I rehydrate salt dried deer hides in my acid bath for pickling,
or do I have to rehydrate in a salt and water only solution first?
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I like to rehydrate my salt dried capes in salt water, then rince out the blood and mud,dirt,loose hair and such, then go to the pickle with a clean cape. If you bring all that dirt and crud that is on a salt dried cape into the pickle, it has to fight to kill that stuff too. A clean pickle is better than a dirty pickle. This rule can be used in another room in you're house also.... grin,,
The purpose of a pickle is to adjust the PH of the cape before its tanned and to allow you time to wash and degrease it if neccessary, as well as firm it for shaving. It should be relaxed before its put into the pickle. That way it is ready to absorb the pickling acid and salt immediately - and remain intact, as well as temporarily preserved. My advice - dont relax in the pickle!
I have tried to skip that step too and it sucked. The hide would never completely rehydrate and it was a pain in the butt to shave the initial go around. Just my opinion and I am sure someone will tell me I am wrong. I don't recommend it.
I will do it the right way. I wasn't trying to skip a step, I was just fearful of hair slipage without a firming pickle. The hides are
2 yr's old and have never been frozen, but I am so glad I asked.
(Hate to experiment on a customer's prize).
Thanks again, very much appreciated.
pickle - have NEVER had a problem - especially with krowtann - relaxes fine
Don't listen to this last comment. It was obviously not salted rock hard. Especially if he uses Krowtann. Krowtann says to skip the salting. Terry, read more before you comment.