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What is Salt Peter used for?
Salt peter is a mineral called potassium nitrate. It is used to cure ham and other preserved meats and fish. Curing draws moisture away from meat and reduces bacteria.
What is another name for saltpeter?
Saltpetre. Saltpetre, also spelled Saltpeter, also called Nitre, or Niter, any of three naturally occurring nitrates, distinguished as (1) ordinary saltpetre, or potassium nitrate, KNO 3; (2) Chile saltpetre, cubic nitre, or sodium nitrate, NaNO 3; and (3) lime saltpetre, wall saltpetre, or calcium nitrate, Ca(NO 3) 2.
Is saltpeter a real thing?
But it鈥檚 all rumor and no fact. Saltpeter has a long history of medical use. It and other nitrates were employed by doctors during the 18th century to treat such varied problems as asthma, sore throats, and arthritis.
What is saltpetre made of?
Ephesus Public [Roman] drain SALTPETER MAKING Nitre, potassium nitrate KNO3, more commonly known as saltpetre, is formed in warm climates by bacterial action during the decomposition of excreta and vegetable refuse. Where people and animals live in close proximity, debris accumulates in and around their homes.