[Sca-cooks] Salt in Iceland (was Honey butter)
Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps
dephelps at embarqmail.com
Wed Apr 1 11:14:44 PDT 2009
Include on your list certain islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the
Caribbean. Also there are those islands in the Pacific that were mined into
moonscapes for guano.
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From: "Stefan li Rous" <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 4:18 AM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Salt in Iceland (was Honey butter)
> Euriol commented:
> <<< I had a chance this past weekend to glance at a research paper on
> Icelandic Skyr & Mysa (curds & whey) and I think this was mentioned in
> the paper (I've asked the author for a copy that I might be able to read
> it cover to cover).>>>
> I'd love to hear more about this paper and perhaps get a copy to read, if
> that doesn't conflict with someone's copyright.
> <<< If I'm remember right from the paper, it was the scarcity of wood
> that made the harvesting of the salt impractical in Iceland.>>>
> Correct. You need either a fuel source, such as wood, or adequate
> sunshine to create a viable salt processing industry from salt water.
> Salt was processed from brine pools in Germany in period, but they had
> large forests to burn.
> When Europeans reached Iceland the interior was covered in forest.
> Unfortunately, within the first few centuries the Icelanders had managed
> to cut down most of the forests. Extensively enough that it affected what
> livestock they could raise and many types that they had brought over with
> them died out. The onslaught of the mini Ice Age didn't help either. I
> believe this is discussed by Nanna in both the Florilegium Iceland-msg
> and fd-Iceland-msg files, as well as in her book(s).
> The scary thing is that this happened on both Easter Island and Iceland,
> although they were half a world apart and two totally separate cultures.
> The problem is that we are treating the entire world the same way. It's
> just taken a lot longer to over harvest the riches of an entire planet
> compared to two small, isolated islands. Unfortunately, we've had some
> world leaders recently, who have their heads in the sand, or up various
> parts of their anatomy, or who simply, knowingly, put their own agendas
> ahead of saving our civilization from this impending disaster.
> THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
> Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
> StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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