What is Brine Solution?

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Brine is a solution of salt and water. It is mainly used as a preservative for vegetables, fish, fruit, and meat through a process known as brining. The high salt content in Brine prevents the growth of bacteria and thus helps to preserve the food for a long time without creating any difference in taste. Brine is widely used all over the world for various food preparations and is best suited for delicacies made from meat and fish

Natural Brine is popularly called as salt water.Total Dissolved Solids content ranges over 100,000 mg/L TDS . Many times Brine solution appears on the earth surface as saltwater springs known as "licks" or "salines". Apart from sodium chloride (NaCl), Brine is also rich in varied dissolved solids such as anhydrite, halite, carbonates, fluoride-salts, gypsum, and sulphate-salts

 

What is the history behind Brine?

Brine is saturated water and was used to preserve fish, vegetables, and meats historically. In the ancient and medieval periods, people undertaking a long sea journey had to carry lots of food and preserving them was a challenge. In order to preserve foods for such a long journey, Brine was mainly used to keep them from getting stale. Brine  was also used to preserve foods not be available in a particular season. People also started to enjoy the flavor of the food after brining and hence pickles became very popular. 

 

How is Brine made commercially?

Brine is both naturally found and artificially produced as well. Brine has  many  commercial applications.  As naturally found Brine is not just sufficient, hence  there is a  constant need for large-scale commercial production. 

Commercially,  Brine is be prepared by dissolving rock salt post hydraulic fracturing of a well. The process of creating Brine is more than simple mixing. It is done by an electronically controlled and monitored process.  Huge  quantities of Brine is extracted by installing a self-contained hydraulic system from heavy salt concentrations areas.

 

What are the uses of Brine?

Brine is an extremely useful substance  used in domestic chores as well as commercial applications.

  • Brine is used for the production of salts. The brine is generally evaporated and then processed to get the common salt or table salt (Nacl).
  • Brine is widely used for food preservation. The brine can be mixed with a wide variety of herbs and spices for flavor.
  • Brine is often used for marinating meat. It makes the flesh juicier, and tender. Apart for that, Brine kills the microorganisms that harbor in meat. The process of marinating the meat with brine, prior to cooking reduces the cooking time. 
  • Brine solution is an excellent prewetting agent and commercially used to treat the roads. The solution is non-corrosive, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly.
  • Brine is used to transfer heat from one place to another place and is largely used for refrigeration.
  • Brine has a lower freezing point than water and can be cooled to below zero Celsius. Hence it is effectively used as coolant other than plain water. Brine freezes at -21ºC (-6ºF). It is  used for cooling steels and other metals.
  • Brine is often used for Pickling.
  • Brine is an important source of chlorides,  sulphates of magnesium and potassium apart from natural salt.  These salts are extracted through electrolysis.

 

What are the health-benefits of Brine?

  • Brine solution cures Psoriasis, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Gout and Herpes sores.
  • Brine steam inhalation cures asthma, bronchitis, acute and chronic sinus and ear infections.
  • Brushing teeth with concentrated Brine solution  helps to protect tooth enamel.
  • Brine poultice is used to sterilize open wounds.
  • Brine baths improves circulatory system and control high temperature during viral fever. people with heart ailments or pregnant women must avoid brine baths.
  • Brine acts an excellent detoxification solution and improves the metabolism. It maintains the body’s pH Factor and eliminates heavy metals.

 

What are the side-effects of Brine?

  • Over consumption of Brine  can cause  diarrhea, abdominal You do not have access to view this node, stomach bloating or flatulence.
  • Brine can increase the blood pressure and led to kidney malfunction.
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