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Aug 2, 2010 08:20 AM

Where to find 'Sour Salt'?

My wife had about a 25 year old box of Sour Salt. It is now finished and we can not find a new box or bottle. We tried Superstore in NE Calgary and Safeway in Red Deer.
I have done a Google Search and Sour Salt is also known as Citric Salt. It is used in pickling and what my wife uses it for is to preserve the color when cooking beets. With an excellent crop this year I can see us using it for sure?
We did see Kosher Salt but neither Sour nor Citric Salt.
Any guesses where we can get it?
Dean in Red Deer,AB

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  1. Here are few places online you can get it (don't know if they ship to Canada, but it's worth a try):
    Amazon also had it, but it was out of stock.

    Hope that helps.

    1. Just wondering if you had checked in Canadian Tire?
      Don't know if they have it but they do have an aisle or two of canning supplies.
      Mostly jars (in that casual glance) but maybe other stuff as well?

      1. Last time I bought sour salt was at the Mundare Sausage House in Edmonton.

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        1. re: odee

          It's funny! This is an essential item for canning but it was not to be found anywhere! We finally got a small bottle at Nutters Health Food Stores.
          Thanks for the replies.
          Dean in Red Deer, AB

          1. re: carlitguy

            Sorry Dean I dunno how I missed this thread when you posted it... Silk Road Spice Merchant carries it - it's listed as citric acid: http://www.silkroadspices.ca/products... Last time I was at their CFM stall they said they'd ship... I know what the prices are like at Nutters - maybe Silk Road is worth a look? Otherwise I'll keep an eye out for it when I'm doing errands. I thought I saw a fair bit of canning supplies (Ball jars!) at Save On last week.

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          1. I bought citric acid at Dalbrent Spice Rack two weeks ago.
            Dalbrent Spice Rack
            3604 52 Avenue Northwest, Calgary, AB T2L 1V9
            (403) 289-1409 () ‎

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            1. re: beggsy

              Thanks for the replies.
              I had a heart attack September 10 so am on a low sodium no fat diet. No sour salt!
              It is kind of cool because I am now finding out what my food REALLY tastes like.
              Dean in Red Deer

              1. re: carlitguy

                If my search on the Internet is correct (Hah!) citric salt is another name for citric accid.

                Ask your own health profesionals to confirm but from my own knowledge, citric acid is another name for Vitamin C ( C6 H8 O7) and has no sodium so is not a problem for cardiac patients. Good luck with your recovery.

                1. re: sharonanne

                  Citric acid is NOT vitamin C. Vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid (C6 H8 O6).
                  Furthermore, sour salt could still be a sodium salt (Sodium citrate) so I think this guy should just listen to his doctor.

                  1. re: 23skidoo

                    I did say he should ask an HP. Personally I would ask a dietician but that's me.
                    "Ask your own health profesionals to confirm " is what I said.

                    In spite of the fact that I am qualified to do so I am not giving medical advice but suggesting they should ask rather than assume they can't have it.