For some years now, we have been getting salt from those big red cakes
that are prepared for animal salt licks.
You can get a 40 or 50 pound cake from the feed store, and in my case,
it fits neatly into an empty 25-pound dishwashing/clothes washing detergent
square plastic bucket, to seal out moisture. The supply lasts for DECADES.
You chip off pieces and grind them finely in a food/coffee grinder.
OK, I'm an old man and the doctor cut back my sodium, but it's still
very valuable for preserving food, and my family still scarfs down sodium
Gives you pink-colored salt, because this is MINERAL salt from inland,
as opposed to ocean sea salt that has been dehydrated until the only thing left
is naked sodium chloride. This mineral stuff is lousy with good trace minerals, they feed animals
better in this country than they feed humans
including naturally occurring iodine in the right amounts.
If the pink color puts you off, go to a health food store or the health-food section
of a big supermarket, and see what the ripoff artists are getting for tiny
bottles of the pink stuff, which by the way tastes better than the over-processed white salt.
I have seen films of bulldozers casually gouging tons of this stuff out of cliffs in Utah,
just salt deposited by oceans in other geologic eras, so you know it is cheap for the
producers to obtain. The buggers market it to health-food folks and barbecue enthusiasts
as a luxury, wrapped in pretty bottles, but they market it cheap to the animal food market
in cakes. It is to laugh. heh heh