[Sca-cooks] Salt corrosion of pots?

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Sun Jan 13 12:20:27 PST 2013

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From: "Galefridus Peregrinus" <galefridus at optimum.net>
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Subject: [Sca-cooks] Salt corrosion of pots?

>I have a couple of Pomaireware unglazed clay pots 
>(http://pomaireware.com/clay-cookware/) that I use with some regularity. 
>Most recently I used one to brine cure a few pounds of olives. Over the 
>course of the cure (about 3 months), the brine solution soaked through the 
>pot; in fact, the outside of the pot became encrusted with salt as the 
>brine dried.
> A couple of days ago, I transferred the olives to another container. As I 
> was cleaning the pot, I noticed several places where the clay had 
> corroded: it had become soft and crumbly. I didn't think that fired clay 
> pots would be affected by salt in this way. I'm no ceramicist, but isn't 
> fired clay just fused silica, which is extremely inert?
> I'd be interested in hearing whether anyone else has had this experience.
> -- Galefridus
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