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sal amoniac is *not* a condiment [Dec. 7th, 2005|06:36 pm]
Doug Ayen
Bleah, somehow got sal amoniac on my dinner sandwich. Well, now I know what it tastes like. Salty (imagine that), but with a nasty aftertaste. Wonder how the transfer happened.

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[User Picture]From: oh_bother
2005-12-08 09:33 am (UTC)

a little sal goes a long way

Sal Ammoniac was named after it was observed in the Temple of Zeus-Ammon in Egypt; its name means "salt of Ammon". It was the white crystalline substance that remained on the ceiling and walls after camel dung was burnt. (from wikipedia)
I also heard it was the residue of bat pee from the same temple.\
It does make a hell of a deoxidizing agent in gold and silver melting flux too (outside).
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