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Aug 19, 2008 01:46 PM

Citric Acid powder

My neighbor brought over some delicious pina coladas and the recipe includes very ripe pineapple, coconut cream (Goya) and citric acid powder.
I've never heard of it and don't know where to purchase it.
What does it do?

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  1. It tastes sour, and you can sub in lemon/lime juice to taste since that is where it is naturally found. It's also a preservative and used in food manufacturing, although that's not its purpose for you here. If you want, you can usually buy it in the bulk spice bins at health food stores pretty cheaply. Mix it with baking soda to make your own fizzy lifting drinks!

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    1. re: trentyzan

      I don't know what it is sold as now, but when I was a kid you could buy it as "sour salt." I think my dad got it at the local pharmacy. Try www.kalustyans. They seem to have everything.

    2. It's used in Jewish cuisine in dishes like sweet and sour stuffed cabbage.

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      1. re: howboy

        Rokeach's sells it - try the kosher section of a local grocery chain. I've also seen it at several specialty kitchen shops here in the Tampa Bay area.

      2. I got mine at an Indian spice store, as "sour salt". Sour gummy bears, anyone?

        1. You can often find it at grocery stores and Walmart, stocked with the canning items like pectin and jars.

          1. If you're near a home brew supply store, they carry it, too.