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Re: Alum?


From: Sharon Henneborn (heneborn_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 25 2002 - 13:13:03 PDT

It is the ingredient that makes a crisp pickle crisp (as opposed to a
soft mushy pickle).

If I remember correctly it is what makes a pomegranate torque your
jaws so you can't open it for hours if you eat it before it is
completely ripe:<)

Sharon in NJ
>From: Maggie White <>
>Subject: Re: Alum?
>Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2002, 11:06 AM

> Bunki Kramer wrote:
>> What exactly IS "alum"? Toodles....Bunki

> While I liked Mark's reply the best, the real answer is more
> prosaic...It's used in pickling. You find it in the spice section of
> your friendly neighborhood supermarket.
> Maggie
From: Mark Alexander <>
Subject: Re: Alum?
Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2002, 10:09 AM
"alum" is actually the ashes of people who died, but used to go to
school here.
Subject: Re: Alum?
Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2002, 11:39 AM
Alum is a powder form of aluminum sulfate crystals which causes a
chemical bond between paint and paper or fabric. You can buy it at an
art supply store or through a vendor such as NASCO.