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Sep 9, 2011 09:05 AM

Where to find pickling or canning salt in San Francisco?

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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  1. 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

      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

        Many thanks. The conversion charts are very helpful.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        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

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

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

            1. 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.

              1. 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