How Does Salt Lose Its Savor?
There are only two situations in which salt may/can lose its savor. One, if there are some chemical impurities in it. Second; when the salt is evaporated because of absorbing humidity (its essence, not salt in itself). In this case, the substance left behind will look like salt but not taste like it.
As a chemist, I do think the arguments that salt is literally losing saltiness really make no sense. They certainly used salt back in the day, to the extent that in impure form, you can lose its saltiness. I cannot find any sources confirming that, nor any scientific information on salt losing its saltiness. However, in talking to scientists, my sources say salt is salt, and it does not ever lose it is flavor.
If sources of unrefined salt, which are mentioned in earlier sources that I sent you, were losing their salty quality through water effects, then the impurities left over would be quite viable for fuel. For instance, if the salt was taken in its impure form by evaporation, it would be a mix of flammable organic materials and salt.
Impure salt, if exposed to moisture or mixed with water, becomes dissolved in the water, and may evaporate out of solution, leaving behind a white powder which looks like salt, but is not, as it does not have NaCl. Salt loses the flavour when it becomes impure, mixed in with other ingredients, exposed to the humidity and is not perceived accurately by the taste buds. The only way for salt to lose its saltiness, from a chemical standpoint, is if there is a chemical reaction.
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For salt to lose its odorous saltiness, or to change its physical makeup, it must be diluted with water, since it is not refractory in its crystalline form. This type of salt is found in veins or layers of earth, which, if exposed to sun and rain, will completely lose their saltiness. In eastern countries, however, the salt used is not pure, or is mixed with vegetables or with clay-like substances, in such a way as to lose all of its saltiness, with considerable quantities of clay-like substances remaining. In their days, whatever was called salt, was clearly not pure salt, and this substance which had salt in it could lose its saltiness, if the real salt as we know it was leeched away, and was therefore no longer salt.
|How salt lose its saltiness?||Ways to protect its saltiness|
|When it is exposed to sun and rain.||Cover them with a plastic lid, glass or ceramic containers.|
|Through contamination and other chemical processes.||Keep it away from sunlight and protect it from moisture.|
Obviously, because if salt becomes unsalty, it means the real salt in that substance you are calling salt, the stuff that you are calling salt, has leeched out and what you got left over is not salt. It is not any more useful to anything but being cast off and trodden underfoot by men. You are salt of the earth, but if the salt of the earth becomes untasting, what is it going to be salty for. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoota (verse 13). In the 1st century, there were two purposes of salt: preserving food, and adding flavour.
Not one bit was so impure as to not be used at all, and such salts quickly became sulphurous and turned to dust – but not fruitful soil. If what you consider to be salt does not have a salty flavour, then it has no salt, and back in their time, they used it as a catalyst for lighting dried animal manure to make fire, and that did not work as a catalyst, for there was no salt, so we simply throw it away. I do know salt chemistry, so I can answer this, but I will defer to people who know about the local sources of salt.
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I will go back to an explanation that I have given you before, and that is that according to scholars familiar with Palestine, there are some sources of salt which are very impure, and that, when exposed to water, they may literally lose their saltiness, for the salt is removed. If the salt in question is NaCl, i.e., the common table salt, then the answer is no, for NaCl is naturally salty, and therefore cannot, in itself, lose its saltiness. NaCl can lose its taste only if a chemical compound dissolves in water and recrystallizes with other elements, thereby making it something different from NaCl, and thus no longer a salt, strictly speaking.
While naturally occurring salts never break down, table salts that have added ingredients may eventually lose flavor and texture. Natural salts are not susceptible to spoilage, meaning the salt cannot lose its taste or texture for long. Once salts (disciples) are made impure by adding some undesirable or impure compounds, then they lose their original taste. Impure salts can also lose flavors because of the presence of some compounds, including boron, magnesium, and bromide.
Another copy has, If the salts lose their whole sensibleness, it shows they should be esteemed as having lost their sensibleness, which the cythers, pursuing plenty, or dreading a want of temporal goods, have lost, those that are eternal, and that men cannot give nor take away. Both these two purposes for the salt might apply here, or Jesus might be speaking more generally. By using this metaphor for the salt, Jesus might mean that his followers are called to act as apreservativesa to the world, retarding the progress of moral and spiritual decadence.
This is the point that Jesus is warning his disciples, that is, that they are salt of the earth, and that they should not let the world and all of its temptations erode their saltiness. Jesus disciples would lose their saltiness when they compromised themselves to the world, or learned to love its ways. Christians, being salt of the earth, as long as they are true in their faith, cannot lose their saltiness, any more than salt can stop being salt. Yet just as salt can be dilute and adulterated, rendering it worthless, so Christians too can lose their witness when they are dilute with the world, adulterated with worldliness.
What is the best container to keep salt?
When sealed with a plastic lid, ceramic or clay containers are safe for storing salt. If you cover them with a plastic lid, glass containers are a fantastic alternative. Iodized salt has a shelf life of around five years, although regular salt has no expiration date.
How does salt lose its favor?
When salt has chemical impurities, it may, in some cases, lose its flavour. Other explanations include the possibility that salt may have absorbed moisture, evaporated over time, and left behind a material that appeared to be salt but did not taste like it.
What does salt and light represent in the Bible?
Pope Francis referenced the time when Jesus told his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth,” and “You are the light of the world,” drawing on the day’s Gospel reading. Christians, he argued, ought to be both salt and light, but never out for themselves. Salt, he added, should enhance another, and light, it should enlighten.