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citric acid 3 17.65%
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Old 04/17/11, 07:37 PM
 
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citric acid vs lemon juice

what is your preference? and why?can you taste the lemon juice when added to preserved tomatoes? I am trying to decide which to get. This will be my first time canning so please bear with all the silly questions.
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Old 04/17/11, 08:36 PM
 
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lemon juice is easy to find, easy to measure, and commonly already used with recipes that need additional acid.

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Old 04/17/11, 09:34 PM
 
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Citric acid since I buy it in bulk and store in a sealed container. Just easy that way. I also keep bottled lemon juice for canning other things, like marinated mushrooms, etc..

I don't notice the bottled lemon juice. It is in all commercial tomatoes, too. Well, citric acid is.

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Actually, I use vinegar in canned tomatoes. You cannot taste it at all (I promise!) and it's a lot cheaper than either of the above.

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Lemon juice or vinegar because it's cheaper than citric acid for me.
I have in the past used disolved vit. C tablets for soaking apple slices before dehydrating. The vitamins were destined for the trash.

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I use lemon juice. I've never had any problems with it and it always gets used up because I use it for many other recipes and "odd" jobs around the kitchen. And I don't notice any "flavor" from using it in canned products.

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I use lemon juice, too. I don't find that I can taste it, and the bottled kind is consistent in acid content, so I feel safer.

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Old 04/18/11, 04:22 PM
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CITRIC ACID!!

I have canned tomatoes with lemon juice for 20+ years- i just recently did a batch of crushed tomatoes with my Roma food mil with the salsa attachment! WOW the color of the finished product is amazing and bright! no taste either- i will always use citric acid from now on. When I find it, I buy as many of the plastic bottles as I can -vac sealed up and ready for when I need them!

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Old 04/19/11, 08:39 AM
 
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Lemon juice. It's cheap, and its easy to find.
Lucy where do you buy citric acid in bulk?

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Old 04/19/11, 01:04 PM
 
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I got some at the local wine making shop and also ordered some online from Bullk Foods.

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I get my citric acid at the Indian Grocery Store. I pay about $2 for a 3.5 ounce package. I get a years worth of tomatoes canned with 1.5 packages, so it costs me about $3 for the citric acid. Lemon juice may be cheaper, but seriously - we'd be bickering over pennies, maybe nickels.

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Berry Farms carries many bulk items... including citric acid. I just purchased some... not certain how to use it exactly ... just yet. Has anyone made jelly using citric acid rather than lemon with the pectin???

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Berry Farms carries many bulk items... including citric acid. I just purchased some... not certain how to use it exactly ... just yet. Has anyone made jelly using citric acid rather than lemon with the pectin???
I too would like to know this.
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