Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pickling lime 911

Does anyone within a 5 mile radius have pickling lime? Calcium hydroxide.

It's online, everywhere, yet why is it such a puzzle to find in a real store?

I am making hominy, which will be incorporated into pozole with slow-cooked pig, for Sunday's Farm City Fair. It's a long, slow process, and the pickling lime (calcium hydroxide), dehusks the dried corn and loosens the kernels, each of which I will remove by hand.

Failing lime I will use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Seems that pickling lime is so hard to find that even the National Center for Home Food Preserving (who knew!) proposes the baking soda alternative.

Please holler if you have - or are - a local lime source.

Read the follow up here and why I used baking soda. The short version? Use baking soda instead. It works.
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