Salt Cure Assembly Instructions

  • Use a glass quart jar, and fill it almost full with rock salt. This is the salt used in old-fashioned ice cream makers. Any kind will do.
  • Place 6 copper coins, preferably pennies dated before 1984, in the top. They actually quit using copper in penny manufacture in 1984. While it is best, don’t fret too much if you can’t find 6 pennies minted before 1984.
  • Fill the jar up water. Cover the top with a paper towel, cheese cloth or even a piece of fabric. Secure with a rubber band. Check the jar periodically during the year to make sure it has water. Refill if needed. Do not place a solid lid on it.
  • Place in the room. It can be hidden but not enclosed in a cabinet  or drawer. It should be open to the elements
  • You will want to put a saucer under it because it will fizz
  • Old salt cures need to be discarded, thrown away. The saucer underneath does not need to be discarded.  Put the old ones in the trash so they will leave the property.
  • These are correctly constructed salt cures. These are covered with a piece of paper towel. They have holes punched in the paper to allow more air flow. If you use cheese cloth, no need for the holes. It’s fine to secure with either rubber band or the metal band that comes on the quart jars. You may use smaller jars, but I Always think bigger is better in this case. Remember, throw the entire thing away at the lunar new year and replace.


To attain knowledge, add things everyday.

To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

Lao Tsu, Dao de Jing




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