Food Grade Lye
Does anyone in Ottawa or Toronto know where I can find it? I've recently found a recipe that requires the product to be briefly cooked in a solution with thisas a portion of the liquid, before baking, but I can't seem to find it. Can anyone help me?
Chinese grocery stores have something called "lye water" used for cooking.
Otherwise it's basically lye like you can buy at the hardware store mixed with water. You're looking for "sodium hydroxide"
From a similar post on the Los Angeles board
Go to almost any large Asian supermarket ...get yourself to the aisle where the sauces and condiments are kept and look for the area with KoonChun brand products.
Amidst the soy, hoisin, and other sauces you'll see bottles labeled "Potassium Carbonate".
This is a very alkaline solution (like lye) and should fit the bill. Just be sure to read up on it to keep yourself safe.