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Pickling salt/lime

WCchopper Jul 27, 2008 06:02 PM

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

  1. rworange Feb 26, 2009 08:44 AM

    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.

    1. WCchopper Aug 3, 2008 02:22 PM

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

      1. rworange Jul 27, 2008 06:27 PM

        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
          wolfe Jul 27, 2008 06:35 PM

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

          1. re: wolfe
            rworange Jul 27, 2008 07:49 PM

            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
              WCchopper Jul 27, 2008 09:08 PM

              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
                rworange Jul 27, 2008 09:23 PM

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

                1. re: rworange
                  wolfe Jul 27, 2008 09:38 PM

                  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
                    WCchopper Jul 27, 2008 10:49 PM

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

                    1. re: WCchopper
                      wolfe Jul 28, 2008 06:18 AM

                      According to this link, definitely. Several good tips.
                      http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/lo...

        2. wolfe Jul 27, 2008 06:17 PM

          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.

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