Food Grade Lye - Cheap(er)
I keep reading posts about how food grade lye is expensive and have been kicking myself for not remembering where I ordered mine from. Finally my source, Essencial Depot, sent me a promotional email so now I'd like to pass their address on to adventurous bagel bakers everywhere:
2 lbs. is $4.49 plus $8.11 shipping for a total of: $12.60
This amount will creat many batches of bagels since you only use 1 tsp. per quart of water. Just be sure to add the lye to COLD water and then heat to boiling, since adding it to boiling water causes it to overflow the pot. This is not necessarily dangerous since the lye is diluted, but is messy.