Finally have a bottle of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) pellets in hand, and am Hot to Trot, to try making pretzels using a lye dip. How much NaOh should I use to how much H2O??
I am assuming that this stuff should be perfectly non-reactive with stainless. I can use a stainless spoon, skimmer, or ladle, and use a stainless beaker to mix/hold the solution? Can I store the "used diluted solution" in Nalgene? If I store it in a glass bottle with a plastic lid, will there be "issues"?
Don't have any latex gloves, but have thousands of one-time-use Nitrile gloves. Nitrile not affected by the strong caustic? Was going to use parchment between the dipped pretzels and an aluminum baking sheet. Will I damage my pans? Can I line the pans with heavy aluminum foil, then cover with parchment? Good idea? Bad idea?
Best ideas for diluting the lye, and what materials are "compatible" with the remnants of the caustic solution when baking would be appreciated.