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Where to purchase Sodium Alginate/Calcium Chloride in Toronto?

Canuckamuck Jun 5, 2009 06:36 AM

Hoping that the Toronto food fans can help me out - I've got a really short window to source some ingredients, so unfortunately online purchasing isn't an option :(

I'm looking for Sodium Alginate. Sodium Citrate and food-grade Calcium Chloride for some molecular gastronomy adventures. If you've got any recommendations on where to find/buy some, I'd really appreciate it!

Any assistance gratefully accepted.

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    DurhamPark RE: Canuckamuck Jun 5, 2009 10:45 AM

    For the Sodium Alginate if you need it for this weekend I think you'll be out of luck. Unless you can find someone who has ordered some offline that has extra or can talk one of the few bars or restaurants that use it downtown to sell you some.

    Calcium Chloride can be found in some herb/health stores and sections. Maybe even a place like bulk barn.

    http://www.dcduby.com/ Does air shipping, if you order now you should get it Monday, Tuesday at the latest.

    If you've never used the stuff before don't expect to get it right the first few times. It took me a few tries and I'm still trying to get down the shapes and proper textures.

    If its for something really important and you don't need a ton of it and can make it out to the far side of Durham I could possibly work something out with you but if not your best to just order some offline.

    1. TorontoJo RE: Canuckamuck Jun 5, 2009 10:53 AM

      Here are two recent threads that may help. Unfortunately, it sounds like mail order is the primary source.


      Alternatively, if you don't need a lot, you may want to call Colborne Lane and see if they might be willing to sell you some of their supply.

      1. Wahooty RE: Canuckamuck Jun 5, 2009 12:06 PM

        You might try contacting Gary Bedell (his e-mail is in one of the threads TorontoJo linked). If he's still in town, he might have some to sell if you don't need too much.

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          carolfloyd RE: Canuckamuck Sep 25, 2011 12:12 PM

          Years later....Carrot Common has calcium chloride. Haber Pharmacy: http://www.haberspharmacy.com/ might.

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            slacker1 RE: Canuckamuck Sep 27, 2011 09:53 AM

            For sodium alginate try:

            G&S Dye and Accessories Ltd.
            250 Dundas St. W., Unit #8
            Toronto, Ontario M5T 2Z5

            Dyers use sodium alginate to thicken pastes for fabric painting. I imagine this should be close to food grade as it is also used to make mask molds.

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