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What is the chemical compound in ice cream salt?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21479points) April 29th, 2009

A friend left a big box of Morton’s ice cream salt and I wanted to put it in our salt grinder, but then I realized it may not be NaCl. However, I can’t seem to find what it’s made of. Morton’s is no help, either.. they just say it’s inedible.

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Harp's avatar

It is NaCl, but it’s inedible because it’s not processed under controlled hygienic conditions. It would be more expensive for Morton to produce this salt in facilities that meet health department standards for food production. The alternative is to state that it is inedible.

MissAnthrope's avatar

In your estimation, would it be a bad idea to use it? It seems to be the same size as the salt rocks already in the grinder, but maybe there’s a for-human-consumption version.

Harp's avatar

I don’t think I would, knowing that Morton is also a major producer of road and sidewalk salt which are chock full of impurities. Who knows how much cross contamination there is from machinery and handling?

Grinder salt is easy to find on the web, though it’s irksome to fork out for shipping for something that’s cheap but heavy.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Good point. Thank you. :)

BCarlyle's avatar

You should definitely us it. Salt is salt. You are going to put the salt in the outer part of your ice cream maker, right? It will never get to come in contact with your beautiful ice cream….

On an aside, I recently saw that a gourmet spice company donated something like 10 tons of garlic salt to a local town during the winter. You guessed it, the city used the garlic salt to salt the highways. There is a great quote from one of the truck drivers, something like “we really appreciated the donation, but everytime I get home from work, my dog starts licking the hell out of my boots and my pants.”

WasCy's avatar

I think the question being asked, @BCarlyle, is whether the ice cream salt would be good for use in a grinder for table salt. @Harp answered correctly that it is not suitable for that purpose.

sheik's avatar

Roman soldiers would laugh at you, and then kill you for your morton ice-cream salt. Then they would eat it, or use it for trade. Oh, but if they put it through a toxic chemical process, then it would be safe. Idiots! Other than sea salt, all salt is mined from the earth. Unless you need iodine, its fine.

angelgabe's avatar

Ice cream salt, and rock salt, are mined using the deep shaft mining process. It is mined by blasting to the salt, mined and crushed. They remove NO impurities, including any impurities from the actual mining like dirt, blasting materials left behind, shavings or products from machinery, etc. This type of salt is not edible, but can be used in ice cream making or as a product used for melting ice, but NOT for consumption! Edible salt is mined using either solution mining, or solar evaporation mining, all of which use brining and evaporation to remove particles that are inedible, leaving only the pure salt for consuming. Solar evaporation is the least ‘invasive’ and produces a more natural salt, while solution mining entails removing minerals and then refining the salt further.

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