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More Chemicals in my Food

Neale Smull May 5, 2008 09:24 PM

Is there a place in the LA or OC area that sells any of the chemicals used in Molecular Gastronomy? Stuff like Methylcellulose, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Gellan, Xanthan Gum, etc.

I know you can get all of these things online and I've done so in the past. I'd prefer to find an actual store for impulse and inspiration. Sometimes I put together crazy dinner parties on short notice and can't wait two weeks to get Xanthan Gum shipped.


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    bad nono RE: Neale Smull May 5, 2008 09:31 PM

    I'd guess you would find some of it at Surfas. And you may try a pharmacy for the rest.

    1. Chowpatty RE: Neale Smull May 12, 2008 06:04 PM

      I was just browsing the website from Froma on Melrose and noticed they have a full line of these products from El Bulli. Most of it seems to cost an arm and a leg. They also have special El Bulli dishes and such.

      1. Vaya Con Carne RE: Neale Smull May 12, 2008 07:29 PM

        I'm pretty sure xanthan gum from Bob's Red Mill is available at Whole Foods.

        1. mmontgomery RE: Neale Smull May 12, 2008 09:53 PM

          Froma on Melrose carries Adria's line of foodstuffs.

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            sugah RE: Neale Smull May 12, 2008 11:08 PM

            you can get xanthan gum at wild oats. citric acid is also known as sour salt and can be found in the kosher section of grocery stores.

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