Lye (also known as (caustic soda/sodium hydroxide/NaOH) is used for speciality baked goods, including traditional German and Bavarian pretzels.
For pretzel making, a 4% lye solution is common (e.g. 20 grams lye pearls dissolved into 500 grams room-temperature/warm water - makes approx. 12+ medium pretzels*).
*Exact yield varies depending on recipe and process.
During baking the alkalinity of the caustic soda solution causes a strong milliard reaction for a distinct flavour and thin brown crust.
The baking process at high temperatures chemically transforms the caustic soda solution on the dough surface to be safe to eat.
CAUTION: caustic soda is a very strong alkaline substance and can cause severe burns to skin and eyes. Handle very carefully and wear appropriate protective long gloves, clothing and eye-wear.
Only use stainless steel vessels (whisk, tongs, bowl) when using lye solution. Dispose of leftover solution with care (e.g. carefully flush down toilet).
This caustic soda is certified 99.45% pure and conforms to the FCC9 (Food Chemicals Codex). It is NOT to be consumed or ingested directly.
Comes packed in generic resealable bag packaging.
Warning And First aid:
May be corrosive to metals
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage - Rinse skin and eyes continuously if in contact
Do not breathe dust, fume, gas, vapours, spray
Wear protective gloves, clothing, eye protection, face protection
If swallowed, rinse mouth. Do not induce vomiting
If inhaled, remove victim to fresh air
Store locked up
Dispose of container accordingly
Do not consume or ingest directly
If any above the above should occur please seek medical advice.
Use caustic soda at your own risk. Purchasers indemnify Baker's Treat against any injury or damage or loss caused by their use of caustic soda.