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snapdarlich | 12:39 Wed 11th Oct 2006 | Food & Drink
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Also called Ammonium carbonate or powdered baking ammonia. We use it for biscuits, but our usual suplier has stopped taking it in and we're at a complete loss as to where buy it from. I tried a company called Chance and Hunt online, but they only supply in massive amounts and currently we only require about 12kg at a time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Oh - and we're in the north east of scotland - just incase that makes a difference...

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Not sure if these people sell food grade Ammonium Bicarbonate but they do seem to sell it in small amounts (500g and 2.5 kg)

http://www.gfschemicals.com/chemicals/gfschem- 837.asp

As you say, everywhere else seems to start at 25 kg minimum
(BASF, Yara etc)
I found it for you on the internet - on this website click on ingredients and they have it:

http://www.sweetc.com/

Baker's Ammonia
Pure powdered ammonium carbonate is the leavening of Grandma's cookies. Now you can use those recipes too. Recipes included.
617138 Baker's Ammonia, 3 oz. $ 3.49
617150 Baker's Ammonia, 10.75 oz. 8.79

I also found this:

Vanilla Powder & Ammonium Carbonate
Go to any "Greek", Italian or any other ethnic bakery. Ask if you can buy a small quantity, about 100 - 200 grams, about 1 cup or so. Either ingredient should not cost more than $3.00 - $5.00.
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Thanks - both of you, but I really need a UK based supplier..
Until you are able to find one - perhaps you could:

Go to any "Greek", Italian or any other ethnic bakery. Ask if you can buy a small quantity, about 100 - 200 grams, about 1 cup or so. Either ingredient should not cost more than $3.00 - $5.00.
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Well, there are no greek or ethnic bakery's here.

We're a scottish bakery and can't get any suppliers...so that doesn't help either.
IS IT A UK BASED SUPPLIER YOU NEED AND NOT A US BASED SUPPLIER?

Sorry just noticed I was shouting there.

Have you thought about getting in touch with any other independent Scottish based bakeries cos they might be experiencing the same problem.

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hee hee Drislgirl...Now how did you realise I was looking for a UK based supplier...?? ;)

There's an idea...unfortunately noone around us makes the same traditional style biscuts we do. It' a dying trade, sadly. My dads been asking around to no avail...even our supplier is doing so! :-S

Oooh my keyboards playing up!

Snap - now that we know you ARE a bakery - if I were in your position I would keep calling other bakeries and ask them where they were getting their's. Have they decided it is not a safe product anymore or why is it getting so scarce in your part of the world? I live in the USA and had never heard of it until I read your question.
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I'm not a bakery, I'm a lovely little boy! :D


But the point is - noone is making those biscuits nearby - there are only 4 bakery suppliers in scotland and none of the suppliers are supplying the stuff anymore.

I think I'll need to give up on this one and look elsewhere!

Cheers ma dears!

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