Ever want to make apple caviar? Or some faux 90s Orbitz drinks? How about molecular mojitos?
Well good luck if you're in Canada and don't want to spend a fortune.
Unfortunately, many of the ingredients are hard to get, or unnecessarily expensive in Canada. Some key hard-to-get ingredients sodium alginate, calcium gluconate (or calcium chloride, but the former is supposed to taste better) and sodium citrate.
Anyone that has browsed this blog knows that Dan has an idea of what stuff costs to produce, and hates getting stiffed by paying $$$ to middlemen that think they're special and deserve to get paid way more than the people actually producing the product. Unfortunately, this seems to be yet another venture in which I've come up fruitless on internet searches (unless you want to buy "food-grade" sodium citrate sold in milk jugs on Ebay...).
So, I've advocated for Well.ca to start carrying these products. Thankfully they already have the agar at a reasonable price with free shipping.
Sodium citrate (USP) should be available from a pharmacy if they're nice enough to special order it in from you from their regular distributors (any Rexall/IDA should be able to, I'd go with the independent compounding pharmacies if you can, just explain what you're doing, and they _should_ be helpful).
Has anyone else found a reliable source of food grade or pharmaceutical grade ingredients for these kinds of food items?