lye vs. baking soda for homemade pretzels
- momskitchen Jun 6, 2008 11:17 AM
I want to make homemade pretzels, and my recipe calls for the lye bath. My beloved Alton Brown suggests baking soda instead. I like this idea, because I have it on hand. Does it work as well? Where does one buy lye? At the hardware store?
Actually I recall that Brown wanted to advocate lye but sort of legally had to nix it in favor of baking soda. I guess the network lawyers told him that there just wasn't enough time in a day, let alone a half hour to present enough warnings about the hazards to cover their legal butts.
Neither here nor there..........sorry, I don't know how effective the soda method is and aside from drano, I don't know a source for lye. Good luck.
As far as I know lye is an extremely caustic, and dangerous substance. Nothing that an amature should be using. Long, long ago you used to be able to buy it in a supermarket, from the same shelf that had Draino and household cleaners. My mom used to buy it to make homemade laundry soap.
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