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Lemon Salt?

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A friend brought me a bag of what she called lemon salt from Turkey. The pieces look like large course salt but it is pure white, not transparent. I tasted it and it seemed more sour than salty, kind of like ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Any idea what this is and what I might do with it?

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  1. Sounds like the 'sour salt' my bubbe used to make her stuffed cabbage.

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    1. re: Deenso

      Yes! That's exactly how my mother used it too. It gives a pure sour flavour without any lemoniness or vinegariness. I, personally, don't care much for it but when she died and I inherited her spice cupboard, there was a big jar of it which I think I still have.

    2. could be ascorbic acid, but maybe more likely is citric acid. I've been looking for some to restock my cheese making supplies, actually.

      Anyhow, other than some creative BBQ rubs I've used it in, all I've ever used it for is making cheese. It's used in canning too (keeping fruit fresh).

      I'm sure there are other uses, sorry I can't be more help.

      - Adam

      1. This is probably Citric acid. I am from India and in my language we have something that translates to lemon salt.