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Salted In The Freezer

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by donkeyman, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. donkeyman

    donkeyman Member

    can anyone give me a valid reason why a salted and dried cape would then be put in the freezer ? I would think that the salt would attract moisture and at the same time the cape would not freeze ( isnt that why we put salt on the roads ) and would just sit and possibly rot in the freezer because it wont freeze because of the salt - or am I really off base here - the last salted freezer cape I tried to work with was like rubber and had to be tossed out.
  2. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    A salted hide will still freeze eventually. Salt doesn’t prevent freezing, it just lowers the temperature at which water will freeze. What would concern me is the drying. Putting a salt DRYED hide would, it seems to me, invite freezer burn. I would salt and dry and store on a shelf OR wrap it up unsalted and freeze - one or the other, but I would never put a salt dried hide in a freezer.
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  3. GWebb

    GWebb Active Member

    I've done it numerous times. After a second salting and there is no more moisture coming from the cape, I would take and roll it up and put it in the freezer. They re-hydrate much faster than an air dried salted cape. Never had an issue with anything. Salt just drops the freezing point of water to under 20deg. and most freezers run at near 0 degree. It's not something I do these days but if I needed to I wouldn't hesitate to do it as long as all the water is pulled from the cape.
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