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How to make citric acid?

Elena Melnichenko
Elena Melnichenko
March 18, 2015
How to make citric acid?

Citric acid in everyday life is used quite often: it can be an ingredient during cooking, and some housewives use it as a cleaning agent.

Due to the fact that the acid performs various functions, many are interested in how to make citric acid at home.

Citric acid making

It is worth noting that, making citric acid at home, it is rather difficult to make crystalline elements (since special devices are required for their production), and the process of producing large amounts of citric acid takes a lot of time, since lemons or other fruits contain about 7 % citric acid.

For the manufacture of acid, it is necessary to squeeze the juice of lemon (you can use a juicer), and then evaporate the acid from it on the steam bath. Pour juice into a larger container and pour water into a smaller container. Place one container on the other (the big one should be on top) and put on fire.It is necessary to evaporate until all the liquid from the upper tank evaporates and acid crystals remain.

In this case, you get a natural citric acid, which is different in composition from what is sold in retail outlets (packaged citric acid). You will get a small amount of acid in this way.

Citric Acid Substitutes

You can also use natural citric acid substitutes. For example, if you are cooking a dish, instead of acid you can add lemon juice (at the rate of ¼ teaspoon of acid = 1 teaspoon of juice) or soda, quenched with lemon juice. You can also use vinegar.

Citric acid solution

If you need to prepare a solution of citric acid, then you need to follow the instructions:

  1. Pour into a container 1 teaspoon of citric acid.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of water and mix well. After complete dissolution, the lemon solution is ready. It can be used in place of granulated citric acid.
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