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Sodium aluminosilicate, a anti caking agent in rubs

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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

post #2 of 14

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

 

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

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

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

post #4 of 14

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.

post #5 of 14

Hey Joe!!

 

Being bored and retired I started poking around and then called one of the hoity toity spice makers out in Calif.

 

http://www.sfherb.com/store/spice-blends,category.asp

 

 

I asked them about anti caking products they might sell..

 

OH MY she replied we dont sell it.

 

I asked for the manager she told me they use tricalcium phosphate..its safer than what you are asking about.

 

 

http://www.myspicer.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=9_8620500

 

 

Who loves ya Joe???

 

  Craig

post #6 of 14
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Have you used this in your rubs and did it help from caking......


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

 

post #7 of 14

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

 

 

post #8 of 14

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

 

Thanks

 

SuyaSmoke

post #9 of 14

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

post #10 of 14

Thanks @Chef JimmyJ 

post #11 of 14
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.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

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

post #13 of 14

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.

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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

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

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