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Hydrolyzed lime powder

Steve_K Aug 24, 2009 10:13 AM

Ahoy Chowhounders,

Does anyone know of a source for hydrolyzed lime powder - I need it for a thai recipe I loved when over there last time but the internet doesn't seem to be shedding much light!


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  1. paulj RE: Steve_K Aug 24, 2009 02:10 PM

    I suspect this is calcium hydroxide, also called slaked lime
    I've seen in a small Asian grocery (in the US). It would also be available in Mexican sources as 'cal' (for treating corn for tortillas). I don't know what your options are if you are in the UK.

    I wonder if it is still used to whitewash to cute thatched roof cottages.

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      sixelagogo RE: paulj Aug 24, 2009 05:28 PM

      I saw lime for sale in the canning aisle at a michigan walmart...it apparently is used to preserve the crispness of pickles...don't know if this is what yer looking for.

      1. re: sixelagogo
        miss louella RE: sixelagogo Aug 24, 2009 06:25 PM

        That's what I bought to soak my dried corn to make Diana Kennedy's corn tortillas, but haven't tried it yet. Anyone know if this is the right stuff for corn soaking? Or should I take up pickle making?

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      Steve_K RE: Steve_K Aug 25, 2009 07:45 PM

      Ah! Marvelous; I had been thinking lime in terms of the fruit rather than the compound.

      It appears that you mix the powder with water, allow precipitate to form and then filter - only using the liquid, as the solids can be a tad nasty.

      Thanks folks!

      PS @ paulj, there are not as many of those as postcards and films would have you believe!

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