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Pretzel salt in Greater Boston

MC Slim JB Oct 16, 2010 08:44 AM

Does anyone carry pretzel salt at retail locally? Online sources are many, I know.


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    smtucker RE: MC Slim JB Oct 16, 2010 02:18 PM

    I get mine at Christinas in Inman Square.

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      bear RE: MC Slim JB Feb 17, 2014 06:44 PM

      Thought I'd bump up this thread. I tried Christina's a couple of weeks ago, but they were out. Any other suggestions?

      I'm aware that amazon is my friend, but was hoping to get something locally. I know lots of people are happy with sea salt, but would like to go the traditional route and will go the on-line route if necessary.

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        andieb RE: bear Feb 18, 2014 09:06 AM

        Maybe try Penzey's? It might be worth the call..

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          bear RE: andieb Feb 18, 2014 10:23 AM

          Duh, I didn't even think of Penzey's. The website has a recipe for soft pretzels and uses kosher-style flake salt, which should work just fine. I'll have to think of some other goodies to pick up while I'm at the Arlington store. Thanks!

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            Karl S RE: bear Feb 18, 2014 11:02 AM

            They don't carry pretzel salt. Pretzel salt is processed so that it doesn't dissolve quickly (the very opposite end of the spectrum from kosher salt, which dissolves fairly quickly). I've always gotten mine online.

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              smtucker RE: Karl S Feb 18, 2014 11:10 AM

              I used to get my pretzel salt during the annual trip to King Arthur in Vermont, but they don't carry it anymore. Ordered from Amazon. Haven't tried it yet so can't tell you if the salt is "right."

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                bear RE: Karl S Feb 18, 2014 12:05 PM

                Good to know, Karl. Thanks.

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                  LStaff RE: Karl S Feb 19, 2014 05:57 AM

                  They do have large grain sea salt though. I thought it worked fine for pretzels.

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                    Karl S RE: LStaff Feb 19, 2014 06:55 AM

                    Not as good as pretzel salt. Large grain sea salt will partly dissolve from the moisture in the pretzel.

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                      devilham RE: Karl S Feb 19, 2014 07:51 AM

                      Karl is right, while I have used it when making pretzels before, after a few days the crystals will completely dissapear....it's still salty, you just don't get the crunch. I too would love to find the real stuff, but my doctor was like lay off the pretzels after I went on a bit of a pretzel baking blitz a year or two ago....mmmmm....so good with cheese sauce!!!!

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              lc02139 RE: bear Feb 18, 2014 11:15 AM

              How about seeing if one of the local pretzel makers will sell you a bag of salt?? swiss bakers, boston pretzels, or even annie's, you probably need to talk to a manger since I think it will be beyond the clerks.



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                bear RE: lc02139 Feb 18, 2014 11:45 AM

                Hey, great idea. Hadn't thought of that. And the Penzey's flaked kosher can be a backup. Who knows, maybe Christina's will restock.

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                  Raffles RE: lc02139 Feb 18, 2014 12:00 PM

                  Or try a bagel shop, bagel salt is very close to pretzel salt.

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                    Karl S RE: Raffles Feb 18, 2014 02:24 PM

                    There are, sadly, few bagel shops that still make salt bagels. Bagel World in Reading and Peabody does, and they are generous enough that you can scrape off a lot. (their bagels are too big and airy, but salt bagels should be treasured.)

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                      Raffles RE: Karl S Feb 18, 2014 03:24 PM

                      So sad, in my younger days a salt bagel and a Coke/Pepsi was a wonderful hangover cure.......

                      Why no salt bagels? Food police?

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                        phatchris RE: Raffles Feb 19, 2014 07:01 AM

                        Newmans in Swampscott has salt bagels.

                      2. re: Karl S
                        quirkydeb RE: Karl S Feb 18, 2014 06:38 PM

                        Kupels does a salt bagel. So does Cutty's. Since they're so hard to find, I just shake salt over the cream cheese and tomato on my plain/onion bagels. Sigh.

                  2. re: bear
                    wandergirl RE: bear Feb 18, 2014 03:19 PM

                    You might call Karl's Sausage Kitchen (& European Market) to see if they carry it.


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                      bear RE: wandergirl Feb 18, 2014 04:36 PM

                      Great idea. I just sent them an email.

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                        smtucker RE: bear Feb 18, 2014 04:55 PM

                        They are closed for their annual vacation this week. Reopen on Tuesday, next week.

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                          bear RE: smtucker Feb 18, 2014 05:01 PM

                          Okay, thanks.

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                            bear RE: bear Feb 19, 2014 05:24 AM

                            Karl's got back to me and said that they don't sell pretzel salt but are working on getting some.

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                    Raffles RE: MC Slim JB Feb 19, 2014 06:59 AM


                    Never would have guessed how many salts ....

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