Pickling salt is a type of salt that is primarily used in preserving food, specifically pickles. Like any other salts, pickling salt also contains sodium and chloride, but its chemical composition does not include iodine as one of its trace minerals. Pickling salt is the purest form of salt and is finely made into translucent grains. It might have similarities with the table salt but it does not have any additives or anti-caking properties which makes it well known in the field of fermentation. The pickling salt has a strong additional flavoring if you decided to place it on your pickles and it also dissolves faster which is a great advantage to your preservation of pickles.
Himalayan salt or pink Himalayan salt has existed for 250 million years in the regions of Punjab, Pakistan. It is salt with characteristics of pink and white crystals. Since this salt is unique in structure, many people who have discovered it took an interest in its characteristics both physically and its chemical properties, considering the said rock salt as one of the purest forms of salts. The pink Himalayan salt has sodium, chlorine, iodine, potassium, calcium, and magnesium among its 84 trace minerals from the 2 percent that it differs from pickling salt. Himalayan salt is said to be similar to table salt by 98 percent of its concentration. Though it contains sodium, it has a lesser concentration of the said element than the pickling salt and table salt. Himalayan salt has its advantages on its unique, attractive look. At the same time, it is sweet and subtler in taste. This is why it is gaining its popularity in being used for household cooking and it can also be used to ferment vegetables.
Looking at the characteristics of pickling salt and Himalayan salt above, you can see how one differs in taste, chemical composition, and appearance. The main advantage of Himalayan salts to the pickling salt is its chemical composition. Unlike the pickling salt, the Himalayan salt contains Iodine which is one of the essential minerals needed by our body. It is important to give a boost to our thyroid functions that are mainly responsible for our hormones and it also aids in the cellular metabolism of our body. Himalayan salt also has 84 trace elements that each give a great benefit to our cells, tissues, muscles, and organs that will be beneficial to our health. While pickling salt has a great amount of sodium, the Himalayan salt contains less of it due to the size of its crystals. Sodium is a trace element that aids in giving our body a stable amount of water throughout our different bodily functions. Our body needs a normal amount of Sodium or otherwise, it might result in other deficiencies. This is the same with the Iodine content of both salts, with the pickling salt with a higher content than the Himalayan salt.