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Can rock salt be used to flavor food?

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Rock salt is not food-grade salt so cannot be used to flavor food. Because it lowers the freezing point of water, it is added to ice when churning ice cream. It is also used for spreading on icy sidewalks to melt the ice.

Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University, Raleigh, NC (August 2004) PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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