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Food Bassed Lye for making German Pretzels

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Food Bassed Lye for making German Pretzels

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Ohsick

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I don’t know the difference between utility grade  lye and food grade lye,  but what I have been using is “Gillett’s lye”  that is noted on the container to be “100 % pure flake lye.”   It doesn’t say ‘food grade.’    I just have taken for granted that you couldn’t get any better.

On the other hand, I just ordered one and half lbs of “Food grade lye from Essential Depot in Florida and on the specification sheet they emailed me the break down of their Sodium hydroxide.

Spec.                          Weight %

NaOH ……………….  96    min.

Na2O…………………74.4  min.

Na2CO3………………1.6   max.

NaCI…………………..2.2  max.

Fe……………………....0015 max/     

Now I’m not a scientist so maybe someone can tell me if this Food grade that I just ordered is  in any more food grade than the lye I have been using that says that its 100 % pure?

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gary.turner's picture
gary.turner

I answered your post here.

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