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Where to find pickling or canning salt in San Francisco?

cmyers Sep 9, 2011 09:05 AM

Have tried in vain to find pickling salt at Safeway, Lucky's or Rainbow. Is there any place in the City to find this? I have fresh produce now, and can not wait to order online.

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    lumpynose Sep 9, 2011 07:27 PM

    FoodMaxx has the best prices. The one here in Concord has the Diamond brand (I think that's which one it was; I poured it into quart jars and tossed the box).

    1. Zeldog Sep 9, 2011 06:55 PM

      If you live near Rainbow Grocery, they usually have a fine grained (almost as fine as pickling salt) Mexican sea salt in the bulk section at a price similar to what you'd pay for kosher at Safeway. Much more convenient as it dissolves quickly in warm water, whereas with kosher you need to heat the water pretty hot, dissolve the salt, then wait for it to cool down in the fridge. Saves a half hour or more.

      Rainbow Grocery
      1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. dave_c Sep 9, 2011 03:26 PM

        Surprised you didn't find pickling salt at Safeway or Lucky, it's usually a bottom shelf item. I usually just look for the green box.

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          cmyers Sep 9, 2011 03:19 PM

          Found Diamond Kosher salt at Andronico's. Happily it has no additives, so thanks for the recommendation.

          1. Robert Lauriston Sep 9, 2011 09:09 AM

            Pickling salt is just pure unadulterated salt with no additives. Diamond kosher salt is the same thing.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              drewskiSF Sep 9, 2011 09:26 AM

              best to measure Kosher by weight not volume because it's less dense than pickling salt.

              at the bottom of this page is a conversion chart, but may be Morton specific

              1. re: drewskiSF
                cmyers Sep 9, 2011 11:30 AM

                Many thanks. The conversion charts are very helpful.

              2. re: Robert Lauriston
                cmyers Sep 9, 2011 11:34 AM

                Thanks. So far I've only seen Morton's Kosher salt which has anti-caking ingredients. Where's the best place to find the Diamond brand?

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Paul H Sep 9, 2011 07:51 PM

                  Pickling salt has a smaller crystal size than kosher salt to speed dissolution in cold water.

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