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Canning -- Pickled and Fermented Foods

What is lime?

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Lime is calcium hydroxide and may be referred to in pickling recipes as slaked lime, hydrated lime or lime hydrate. Be sure to use lime as a soak solution only and to rinse product in several changes of water before proceeding with recipe. Do not use lime purchased from lumber supply stores for food use. To substitute Mrs. Wages for slaked lime, dissolve 2 cups lime in 2 gallons of water.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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