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Question About Pickling

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Kris1224, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. Kris1224

    Kris1224 New Member


    I currently have some fur in a citric acid pickle. I plan to pickle for 48 hours and shave it. But instead of returning it straight to the pickle, I would like to dry salt it for a few days before returning it to the pickle. Would this create any problems?

    I would be doing this for practical (transportation) reasons.

    Thanks for your input!
  2. PensivePronghorn

    PensivePronghorn Member

    Citric acid pickle? You don't use salt, water, and safety acid? Is your pH 1 to 2?

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    If your just transporting them somewhere and are going to set up a pickle there and put them back in , then just pull them out , shave them if you want but not necessary and put them back in pickle for couple hours , then bag them wet straight out of the pickle , you will be fine for a few days , I wouldn’t salt dry . If it’s only couple days .
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  4. Acid, Water and salt makes up your pickle. pH of 2.0
    shave the hides, out back in the pickle over night,(this is to make sure the pickle has reached all the skin) pull out and allow to drain a couple hours. Then in a plastic bag, I had shipped hides in the way across the USA even in the heat of the summer.

    No need to resalt the hide after the pickle.
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  5. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Ok some bad advice up there as you need salt and acid in a pickle.
    13point JD are correct in what their saying.
    Once a hide is pickle you can only do three things with it after you shave it.
    1 back in pickle till your ready to tan.
    2 freeze it till your ready to progress with it
    3 Neutralize, tan
    Never salt a pickled hide for it will crack and cause more issue than you think.
    Since not knowing of the purpose of transporting this cape I personally would after you shave it, back in for a few hours or overnight if you can. Drain well, bag it to keep from drying out and travel to your destination. From there you can make a new pickle band go from there or even neutralize it and go through the tanning process.
  6. Kris1224

    Kris1224 New Member

    Thank you for this advice. Very helpful.

    If I freeze straight from the pickle, would I need to neutralize before freezing?
  7. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    No but would to after the pickle tanning is done .
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  8. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    No as I stated freeze pickled then when your ready you can then go through the neutralizing process and then tan