I am curious if it is possible to make hominy using washing soda (sodium carbonate) instead of slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) or wood ash. Before I check to see if pickling lime is even available at the local supermarket, I want to know if anyone has tried using washing soda to make hominy since washing soda is more readily available at my local supermarket than pickling lime. Washing soda can be easily made by heating dry baking soda above a certain temperature until the baking soda decomposes into washing soda. My main concern is that washing soda may not be able to raise the pH of water to a high enough level for the nixtamalization reaction to properly occur. Washing soda more readily dissociates in water than baking soda, but it does not dissociate nearly as well as calcium hydroxide.
Mandrake...takes on and holds the influence
of the devil more than other herbs because of its similarity
to a human. Whence, also, a person’s desires, whether good
or evil, are stirred up through it...
-Hildegard of Bingen, Physica