Citric Acid Pickle ?

Submitted by Laura on 3/26/99. ( )

I have just changed to citric acid for pickling. The instructions don't say whether to use salt with this pickle, but I have always used salt with the other pickling crystals I have used. Could someone tell me if I add salt. Thanks, Laura

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An Acid ALWAYS needs Salt!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 3/27/99. ( )

Laura - You definitely need to use Salt with your citric acid! Use 1 Lb. of Salt, and 3 Ozs. of Citric Acid to every 1 Gallon of water needed. Otherwise your cape or skin will acid swell. One thing to watch with Citric Acid, is the ph! Citric Acid is readily absorbed by the skins, and you should try to keep the ph below 2.5. As they absorb the acid, the ph will move up. If it does climb, you need to add more acid. This is especially true of thickly fleshed skins like Elk. We have a free sheet with all the standard Pickling formulas available. If you would like a copy, please e-mail us your mailing address, and we'll forward it to you. Its good reference material to keep handy.

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