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Alum in paste

Yehuda Miklaf replied, off-list, to my 6/22 posting. With his permission,
I'm sending it on to all of you.

Betty     storz@xxxxxxx

>Paste going off is a big problem for me since I live in a warm climate
>where mold grows on the walls during damp weather. I'm not the sort of
>personality that can cook up small quantities of paste as needed.
>I have not tried oil of cloves, but putting oil in paste just doesn't
>seem right to me.
>I have had the best luck with thymol. I dissolve a small quantity of
>crystals in ethanol and stir it well into the paste. The alcohol
>evaporates, especially if the paste is warm, and the paste is good for
>months. It gets a bit lumpy and the water slowly separates, and then I
>squeeze it through a very fine weave material and it's as good as new.
>I keep my exposure to a minimum. Examination gloves when squeezing it,
>otherwise I don't touch it. Good ventilation. Common sense.
>I am trying to freeze paste now, but it doesn't work so well. There is
>some sort of basic change in the consistency, and it is impossible to
>strain the paste through the material I use without blending it first. I
>might as well make new paste. But I haven't given up yet.
>Nellie Stavisky has a very good solution. She bought a little machine
>for making sauces. It's like a very slow coffee grinder with a heater
>built it. You put in the atarch/flour and water and turn it on and go
>away. It stirs and cooks the paste automatically.
>That's my stand on paste at the moment, Betty. If you want ot edit and
>include any of it in your postings to the list, feel free.
>Best regards,

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