[Sca-cooks] Bakers borax again

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue Aug 21 13:29:33 PDT 2012

How about Pretzel Logic?



I gather the print recipe doesn't offer the lye/soda speech but according to another fansite,  the video covers it at about the 5 minute mark and that is up on YouTube.


On Aug 21, 2012, at 4:11 PM, Glenn Gorsuch wrote:

> The Good Eats books are at home, and I'm not, but if I recall, Alton Brown
> did a show on making one's own bagels (or pretzels, I can't remember
> which), and he talked about using lye to change the surface starches to
> give that glossy, slightly hard crust.  Then, of course, his "lawyer team"
> showed up, and forced him to NOT suggest doing that, due to the danger of
> the use of pure lye, so he pointed out that you could use a basic solution
> of baking soda in water to achieve the same effect.  So ,yes, it's an
> action of a basic solution on the starches.
> Gwyn

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