I buy 25 lb bags of salt at Costco for about $4. (food grade). Then I pick up a food grade white plastic pail and lid (paint aisle) from the Home Depot for $4 and then pour it straight in and seal it. Will last forever. Not the 5 gallon white pails, but the half size. It fits snug and perfectly.
We get Redmond "Real Salt" in bulk. It's a sea salt, but mined from a Jurassic age deposit. It's pink from all of the extra minerals, which although it is not iodized like commercial salt, is the big selling point for me. The link I provided goes to the page with the mineral analysis .pdf. It's very interesting.
Yeah, I prefer sea salt as well. It doesn't turn my canning ventures cloudy and I only use about half as much sea salt in a recipe as opposed to regular table salt. However, I do keep iodized salt around also, just not as much.
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I think well salt or solar salt can work for canning or curing. It's evaporated sea salt and cleaner than rock salt, but not food grade. I'm no expert, but if it can be in your well I have no problem curing a ham with it. It's about $5 or $6 for 80# at Lowes or HD. My local restaurant supply has table salt in 50# bags for $8 or $9. They also have assorted veggies in #10 cans for $4-$6 depending on your choice. Not great, but not bad and no membership fees.
We have also put back a lot of salt of all kinds. To me it is one of the most important, not only for seasoning, but for preserving & canning and barter. If and when things really get rough salt will be more vauable than gold. IMHO
I too think that salt is something that will be worth more than gold--it was used as currency for many 1000's of years before refrigeration and will be again post SHTF.
The anti-caking ingredients in some table salt is what makes your canning goods cloudy. I also can with sea salt as long as it doesn't have any iodine in it--they taste off and funny to me when I have used the iodized salt in the past.
I have some pink salt that I just love but price wise it is just for special occasions at the moment! I also had some gray sea salt and it is nice too--got it on sale but could not afford to buy it regularly.
MI used to be big in the salt mining industry and I think that if the world goes to heck in a handbag folks will remember that there is a huge deposit of salt under Detroit and that mine will be back up and running again.