Salt extraction II
June 11, 2010
As I returned to the iron cauldron, I noted that it had been carried outside during the weekend, possibly due to the rather unsightly appearance of the solidified salt. However, due to the rather unfriendly weather here, the cauldron still contained some water. As I had realised that the salt was somewhat corrosive to the metal in the iron cauldron I chose to move it to the more durable soapstone vessel. Though the water reduced quite well in the stone vessel, it was perhaps not an optimal method, a preferred approach would have been to use a rather open vessel in which small amounts of brine are added and boiled away.
The resulting salt was rather grey, coarse and never entirely void of water. In order to be able to weigh it I should have tried to cook it until it all was solid or hang it up to dry above the fire.