HOME > Chowhound > Minneapolis-St. Paul >

Lye for lutefisk?

Mary McChugalug Apr 12, 2010 09:31 PM

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?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. s
    semanticantics RE: Mary McChugalug Apr 13, 2010 07:04 AM

    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.

    1 Reply
    1. re: semanticantics
      shadowfax RE: semanticantics Apr 15, 2010 06:23 PM

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

    2. m
      MikeG RE: Mary McChugalug Apr 16, 2010 02:03 AM

      I have no idea where you might be able to find it locally, but there is indeed such a thing as food-grade lye: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/342308

      1. John E. RE: Mary McChugalug Apr 16, 2010 09:54 AM

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

        Show Hidden Posts