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Pickling salt/lime

Does anyone know where I can buy pickling salt and lime or alum in Concord/ Pleasant Hill/ Walnut Creek?

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  1. The pickling salt question comes up fairly frequently and I don't think we have yet found a reliable local source beyond begging from the folks that cure large amounts of stuff.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/526250
    As to the alum I'm not sure.
    http://www.ochef.com/1080.htm
    Lime may be available from mexican grocers or the begging might work at a place that processes corn for masa.

    1. If there is a Wal-Mart in you area, I saw it at two Wal-Marts in the canning section.

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      1. re: rworange

        Which one or all? They are 3 distinctly different compounds.

        1. re: wolfe

          Pickling salt and lime. Don't remember the alum. I was just surprised to see it at Wal-Mart. Target in Walnut Creek has canning supplies this time of year, but I don't remember what they carry since it has been a while.

          1. re: rworange

            I have been laboring under the assumption that pickling lime and alum are the same thing. Not true? Different stuff, same function?

            1. re: WCchopper

              Yeah, someone else will have to answer that one. I was just cruising the canning aisle for the mason jar lids.

              1. re: rworange

                alum.
                hydrated aluminum potassium sulfate
                pickling lime
                calcium hyroxide
                pickling salt
                sodium chloride, fine ground
                Not to be confused with pink salt, as I did.
                I now assume you mean salt for curing pickles and not making salumi, pancetta etc
                pink salt/prague powder #1 used for curing meat
                6.25% sodium nitrite and 93.75% sodium chloride + small amount vegetable coloring so it can be distinguished from regular salt.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Thanks, the alum sounds kind of horrible. Will lime serve the same purpose, to keep the pickles crisp?

      2. Lucky's carries Morton's Canning and Pickling Salt for $1.89 per 4# box

        1. I know this is way past the date and I thought there was a more recent query, but can't find it. Anyway, Grocery Outlet in Oakland is selling 4 oz bottles of alum for 50 cents in the spice section. Don't know if that is a good price or not but it is there if anyone is interested.