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Rock Salt
    #1313225 - 02/17/03 05:56 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Is this the stuff that is used to de-ice roads?And is it suitable for drying mushrooms with?

The other day i was searching in some stores for dessicant when i noticed in the car park there was a pile of a few tons of this stuff . I could easily go back at night and take as much as i wanted. Would i need to put it in the oven first to dry it out before i can use it?

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Re: Rock Salt [Re: ilikefoxes]
    #1313244 - 02/17/03 06:12 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

I'm not entirely sure on this, but I am going to suggest it as a possibility so others who do know will be able to verify it or disclaim it.
I think all road salt does is lower the temperature the snow and ice melts at, so even on colder than 32 degrees days it will melt. Sort of how salt will lower the boiling temperature in pots and pans on your stove. I don't know this for sure, but if that is why it is used, I don't think it will work for shroomz, because they aren't frozen and wouldn't be in those kind of conditions, anyways. They need the moisture sucked out of them, not to be thawed.

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Re: Rock Salt [Re: ilikefoxes]
    #1313328 - 02/17/03 07:30 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

This is calcium chloride. If I were you I wouldn't use some found on a local street. Go to a local home depot or lowes. It's not expensive.

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Re: Rock Salt [Re: ilikefoxes]
    #1313374 - 02/17/03 07:57 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

what you want is Epsom salt, found at most drug stores and grocery stores next to the rubbing alcohol and band aids. Bake it 400F until it becomes a solid rock (anhydrous) this then can be used as a non toxic dessicant.

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