How to Make Salt Brine Liquid for Snow Removal

By M.T. Wroblewski

If you're a cook, then you probably appreciate a juicy Thanksgiving turkey as much as precision in the kitchen. These views serve you well if you're looking for an affordable way to help with snow and ice removal. Salt brines are less expensive than rock salt, more effective in colder temperatures, and results in less waste since the liquidity allows the salt to begin work immediately. As with all brines, there is a "recipe" for this one and a degree of precision for which to aim.

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The most common brines are those that virtually guarantee a succulent turkey.

Step 1

Pour 72 ounces of crystallized salt into the bucket to make 3 gallons of brine.

Step 2

Pour 3 gallons of hot tap water into the bucket. Make the water as hot as possible.

Step 3

Stir the mixture with a long wooden spoon until the salt dissolves, which may take 10 minutes or longer.

Step 4

Place a salometer into the salt brine to test the concentration of salt in the water. If the solution registers less than 23 percent, add a little more salt to the water and stir the solution.