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Nov 5, 2009 02:59 PM

Sodium Alginate and Calcium Chloride

Does anyone know where in the Houston, Texas area sodium alginate and calcium chloride can be purchased in small quantities for the home chef? I've only located it in large quantities so far.

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  1. Watch makin? A food bomb? LOL

    1. LOL......Well, in a weird sort of way I am making a food bomb. I want to make both fruit and wine "caviars" to serve with certain dishes. When you bite into each of the individual "caviars", they explode or release the liquid that you made it with (i.e. wine, fruit or vegetable juice).

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      1. You should try to find a store that carries supplies for making cheese at home. Calcium Chloride is used in cheese-making to bump up the calcium content of pasteurized milk.

          This website out of england seems to sell a whole kit to be able to some of this stuff. I would love to take a class or something that teaches some of these techniques. Any in the dallas area?

          Also for “Sodium Alginate” try searching for the word “algin” as well as “alginate”. For calcium chloride, I should also search for “calcic”

          1. Thanks Shanghai Sam for the suggestion. I'll look for the calcium chloride there. I had read on one of the other blogs/forums that Randalls Grocery in the Houston area carrys what I need, but that did not prove to be accurate. Still looking. Sure wish a restaurant chef could chime in and let me know where I might purchase it.