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Jul 27, 2008 06:02 PM

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.
    As to the alum I'm not sure.
    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

                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.