No salt

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Your health is the first priority of the Big Money. What – you do not believe the propaganda a.k.a. science? You must be one of those deplorables, annoying the ruling class.

Walking trough the supermarket grocery aisles one notices the marketing boasts – no salt, reduced salt, less salt, minimal salt etc.

Similar situation is with sugar and soon, undoubtedly, we’ll be blessed with nutrition-free products, so that we get healthier. Main-sewer media will applaud and we shall see Michael Moore’s “documentary” and Michele Obama’s sermons.

I recall a long time ago, the typically futile camp-fire debate about food additives and how to avoid them. True, a freshly shot ‘organic’ rabbit was stewing in the camp oven, however previously marinated in red wine for three hours. Oops – red wine – chemicals abound ! One is doomed everywhere!

Not all is bad on the victuals front -

Unfortunately, I’ll be long time dead before the experts produce in a test tube something tasting like tomato, and even should I live then, I certainly would not be able to afford it. Progress can not be stopped.

Now something practical for my suffering readers – my free – follow at your own risk – advice on ham improvement. I am writing only about common, supermarket ham, whatever misleading adjective marketing mafia attach to it and whatever outrageous price it has in order to imply quality. With a few exceptions, packaged ham, as brought home from a supermarket, is tasteless and hardly edible.

So, pierce the plastic wrapping and hang the ham in a cool, dry place, or in a fridge to get rid of the injected water. That will reduce the weight sometimes by a quarter. The drying up should not be overdone unless you like ham resembling biltong. Should this by some mistake happen do what the manufactures do and soak it again. If you wish you can collect the liquid and use it in a pea soup; KNO3, NaNO3 and other, less traditional chemicals, notwithstanding. Since you are reading this, you are old enough not to have to worry, but do not give the soup to children under five.

When you feel like eating your ham, slice it, salt slightly and keep tightly wrapped for a few hours. The result is worth the (minimal) effort. You can slow the progress.


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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One Response to No salt

  1. Bohdan Burban says:

    I recently had a health scare that turned out to be a bad case of dehydration. Hospital staff gave me 1.5 litres of saline intravenously … the label on the saline stated 0.9 grams of sodium chloride per 100ml. So I had 13.5 grams of table-salt shot directly into my bloodstream: that’s 2 teaspoons over a 2 hour period. So much for the promoters of a low-salt or no-salt diet.

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