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sour salt

happy_macomb Jun 9, 2009 07:54 AM

Does anyone know a local source of sour salt (citric acid)? I want to use it to make sour dough bread more sour. I would have thought Penzey's would carry it, but it is not in their catalog.

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    Jason1 RE: happy_macomb Jun 9, 2009 08:20 AM

    So you WANT the artificial sour taste that so many terrible grocery store/restaurant chain bakeries produce?

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      happy_macomb RE: Jason1 Jun 11, 2009 05:23 AM

      Jason: King Arthur flour's website if you want a more sour loaf than your sour dough starter can provide, so I wanted to try it. (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...: "For extra-sour flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon sour salt (citric acid).") We like a really sour loaf, but just letting the dough sit out longer results in a sourness that isn't pleasant - almost a rancid taste. I really trust the King Arthur site, so I thought it was worth a try. I didn't realize that was the flavoring that terrible bakeries use. I have my own sourdough starter, and it works great.

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      MikeR RE: happy_macomb Jun 9, 2009 09:14 AM

      I was looking for it to clean my espresso maker and found it in the kosher foods shelf at a Safeway. Rokeach brand, a 5-1/2 oz spice jar sized bottle.

      I've never heard of using it in soudrough bread, but I suppose you could try.

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        happy_macomb RE: MikeR Jun 11, 2009 05:24 AM

        Mike: Thanks for the suggestion!

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