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The kind of lime I add to clabber is known as slaked lime, or hydrolyzed lime or S-type Lime Caution: It is NOT quicklime! Quicklime is a caustic alkali which is dangerous to handle and will cause nasty chemical burns. Now, Quicklime and slaked lime are sold near one another in the construction isle of the big box lumber store, and they are of the same source. Slaked lime has been soaked in water (slaked or hydrolyzed) and is non-toxic. However, care should be taken to not breath dust. I find I must handle it with gloves or it dries skin out.
In times past, farm wives would crisp vegetables prior to pickling by soaking them first in the slaked lime. This is no longer an approved food preserving method.