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Tartaric acid in Calgary?

borodinalex Sep 29, 2010 09:53 AM

Hi - I just had a great time making a ton of paneer last weekend and I am now going to make a Persian-inspired tiramisu, but I need to find some tartaric acid to make my own mascarpone. Anybody know where that can be found in Calgary? Thanks!

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    aktivistin Sep 29, 2010 10:29 AM

    borodinalex, I think mascarpone can also be made using lemon juice--2 tbsp for every 32 oz. of 18% cream.

    Otherwise, I would try Cookbook Co. or one of the restaurant supply stores--maybe Hendrix or Russell Brown would have something like that? Or maybe even the bookstore at SAIT?

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      Scary Bill Sep 29, 2010 10:29 AM

      Call here, they have many prep ingredients.

      2116 - 380 Canyon Meadows Drive SE
      Calgary, AB T2J 7C3

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        joannaf Sep 29, 2010 11:40 AM

        Do you maybe mean cream of tartar? If the recipe is not from North America, it could be that the naming is different. Cream of tartar is used to stabilized egg whites, etc, so it would be up your alley. You can find it in the spice aisle at major grocery stores, I imagine.

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          crigg Sep 29, 2010 09:07 PM

          yeah I was reading about making meringues awhile back, cream of tartar is basically tartaric acid, I think. But lemon juice and vinegar can be used too, cream of tartar is favored for its flavourlessness and lengthier stability :)

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          piano boy Sep 29, 2010 02:45 PM

          Go to any wine making store, it's used often in wine kits to control the ph.

          It will be a fraction of the cost of buying cream of tartar and it's a lot stronger.

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            Albertagirl Oct 3, 2010 09:48 PM

            Drugstores usually carry it, at least they did the last time I bought it thinking to make mascarpone cheese years ago, and it will be just a basic item, not up-priced as it may be at a speciality food store.

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