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Apr 12, 2010 09:31 PM

Lye for lutefisk?

I'd like to try some experimenting with lutefisk, hominy, and beyond, but I'm not feeling too good about using Red Devil for food, is there such a thing as food grade lye? And is there someplace to buy it in the twin cities? If not, what kind of lye is usually used for lutefisk?

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  1. My understanding is that it's whatever good ol' fashioned super poisonous lye is. Lutefisk has to be rinsed for about a week, moved several times a day, to get the lye out.

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    1. re: semanticantics

      That's the sad truth. In my opinion, lutefisk tastes like ancient gelatinous Reebok. Fish Jell-O just doesn't do it for me ;)

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      1. I have no idea where you might be able to find it locally, but there is indeed such a thing as food-grade lye:

        1. Why don't you call Olsen Fish Company in north Minneapolis? They are the world's largest producer of lutefisk.