Aside from being a contributing factor in the development of civilization, salt was also used in the military practice of salting the earth by various peoples, beginning with the Assyrians.
It is commonly believed that Roman soldiers were at certain times paid with salt. (They say the soldiers who did their job well were "worth their salt.") This, however, is debatable: 'salary' derives from the Latin word salārium, possibly referring to money given to soldiers so they could buy salt. The Roman Republic and Empire controlled the price of salt, increasing it to raise money for wars, or lowering it to be sure that the poorest citizens could easily afford this important part of the diet.
It was also of high value to the Hebrews, Greeks, the Chinese and other peoples of antiquity.
Already in the early years of the Roman Republic, with the growth of the city of Rome, roads were built to make transportation of salt to the capital city easier. An example was the Via Salaria (originally a Sabine trail), leading from Rome to the Adriatic Sea. The Adriatic Sea, having a higher salinity due to its shallow depth, had more productive solar ponds compared with those of the Tyrrhenian Sea, much closer to Rome.
During the late Roman Empire and throughout the Middle Ages salt was a precious commodity carried along the salt roads into the heartland of the Germanic tribes. Caravans consisting of as many as forty thousand camels traversed four hundred miles of the Sahara bearing salt to inland markets in the Sahel, sometimes trading salt for slaves: Timbuktu was a huge salt and slave market
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I love the taste of this burger. It taste like chicken fried steak.
Debo's Chicken Fried Chicken Burgers
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1 pound ground chicken
2 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes liquid smoke
1/2 cup french fried onions
1/2 cup baking mix
2 tablespoons bacon grease or vegetable oil
red onions, cut into rings
Combine baking mix, 2 teaspoons black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Set aside.
In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In bowl, add ground chicken, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and french fried onions. Combine the ingredients and form 4 patties. Dredge each burger in the baking mix, shake off excess.
Place chicken patties in hot skillet, cook about 8 to 10 minutes on each side, until no longer pink. Add slice of cheese on each chicken burger, cover, cook about 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese is melted.
To build, spread mayonnaise on tops and bottoms of the buns, place chicken burger on bottom halves., top with red onions, then top with the top half of the bun. Enjoy!
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