It looked like baking soda and smelled like nothing. (I have to smell everything - I also whiffed Tanya's new bathing suits today). The super ancient looking container was still full to the brim - a telltale sign that this 'alum' was for safekeeping only, and had never if rarely been used.
And all this time I have been wondering where my knack for making up facts has come from...
When I looked it up I learned that 'alum' has many uses - but in the culinary sense it is used in the pickling process to preserve crispness. All I know is that the last time my mother pickled something was in 1993 - when Paul and Sue my parents pickled a pack of pipping pickles to pig out on pre moving to Quebec. Many many moons ago.
With further research I learned that the manufacturer 'clubhouse' had changed that ancient label found on the 'alum' back in 1989. Many many moons ago.
|from this old label....|
|.....to this newer, more modern label|
Did you read me? 1989. I was 6 the last time this 'alum' label was supposed to be in existence, and yet there it is hanging out on the spice rack, camouflaged as a useable spice, waiting to poison someone with its 20 year old dusty goodness. The alum in my mothers pantry is older than email, 'Dumb & Dumber,' and the invention of DVD's.
Excuse me while I return the applesauce and popcorn.
On another note, I also learned today about the flower allium - which is a word coincidentally close to the word of the day 'alum.'
My mother has alliums in her garden - and i assure you they are much younger than the spices in her cupboard.
|allium and alum bonding|