Sodium aluminosilicate, a anti caking agent in rubs

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by boykjo, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    While I was packing my John Henry's pecan rub I was looking at the rub and was wondering how it was lighter and finer than my jeffs  home made rub. So I decided to run the jeffs rub through my mr coffee coffee grinder and had great results. The rub looked like the JH rub. It looks like they must run it through a mill. I went through the ingredients on there label and found they add a anti caking additive. Now I vacuum pack The JH rub because I buy in bulk and when I open the vacuum sealed pkge the rub just falls apart into a powder again. My home made rub without vacuum packing will harden and needs to be broken up with a potato masher..... I would like to try some of this in my home made rub but cant seem to find it in small quantities.....

    Has anyone ever used this additive and if yes where could I locate some..........

    http://wiki.ask.com/Sodium_aluminosilicate

    Thanks

    Joe
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Joe, morning.... before trying chemicals would rice flour or corn flour work ???

    Vac in small packs or in canning jars maybe...  Dave
     
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Have you used this in your rubs and did it help from caking......
     
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My other half puts the heel from a loaf of bread in brown sugar to keep it from clumping up.  It works in a tightly sealed jar.  The bread never gets moldy and don't ask me why?

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fl
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No... but it has to be safer than putting metals in your rub.... Craig is on point on this also.... Dave
     
     
  7. hdflame

    hdflame Meat Mopper

    OK, I know this thread is a little old, but has anyone used the tricalcium phosphate and if so, how much do you use?
     
  8. suyasmoke

    suyasmoke Newbie

    Hi @hdflame, did you ever get an answer to you question? And have you tried tricalcium phosphate?

    Thanks

    SuyaSmoke
     
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Short of Commercial quantities and avoiding Brown Sugar that has not been dried, your spices will loose potency before caking, in a well sealed container, is an issue. Anticaking anything in rubs are used so Manufacturers can use cheap and leaky Plastic flip top jars...JJ
     
  10. suyasmoke

    suyasmoke Newbie

  11. You can buy the dessicant bags to put in your rubs to absorb moisture. That would keep your rub chemical free and still not clump.
     
  12. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have found using brown sugar that has hardened will keep the rub from clumping. I assume the moisture has evacuated. I chop it up and put it in the food processor then make the rub
     
  13. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mason jar with vacuum sealed lid.  I have both the foodsaver regular mouth and wide mouth adapters.  The trick is to keep moisture from getting into the spice mix as that is what causes clumping.  Also, lack of oxygen will help the spices stay fresh longer than when exposed to oxygen.
     
  14. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yep and you can make B sugar dry. Spread on a sheet pan and in a 200°F oven for 15-20 minutes. Cool and crumble...JJ
     
  15. Thought I'd give this thread a bump in case anyone might be interested. I've been looking for an anti-caking agent that wasn't derived from some sort of chemical or refined mineral for quite awhile now. I recently found a product called Nu-Flow. It is made from organic rice hulls ground into a super fine powder. The company I believe does not sell the product, but will send out free samples, I imagine only for the time being. They sent me a 1lb bag of it and I just mixed up a batch of my secret salt recipe, and put in about a 1.5% by weight(it worked out to about .14 ounce), addition of the rice hulls. It's been about 2 weeks, and no clumping so far. I remember the website having a bunch of info on it as far as allergens and stuff like that. Anyway, there it is if anyone is interested.
    *edit 5-1-17: I've been using my new batch of secret salt since adding the rice hull powder to the recipe, and have had no problems with clumping yet, nor do I notice a taste difference. Typically it clumps within a week or two of making it.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2017
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  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ......[​IMG]......    Good info......   pts.
     

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