I live next to the ocean. It seems like I should be able to make my own salt. Is it just a matter of putting some sea water in a container in the sun and letting the water evaporate? Any experts out there? Thanks
Aloha! I live in Hawaii and make my own salt. I gather ocean water from along the coast away from beaches and tidal pools. Once I have it home, I filter it through a coffee filter. Now it needs to be evaporated. I happen to use a wood burning stove to take the chill off the house in the mornings. So a pot of ocean water sits atop the stove. Once most of the water is boiled away, I pour what's left into a bowl shaped lava rock (black baking.pan or cast iron skillet would do). This goes outside into the full sun. Because the wind here carries fine volcanic ash, I set a sheet of old window glass over the brine but use bricks to prop it up above about 2 inches. This keeps the salt water fairly clean and allows the wind to blow away the moisture that is evaporating. Eventually salt crystals start forming in the brine solution. If I need salt right away, I'll use a spoon to fish out chunks of salt. If not, then I'll let it evaporate until its dry.