Vitamin C is great for you (as pirates who got scurvy due to the lack of it could tell you), but it loses much of its potency sitting on your grocer’s shelf. Fresh Vitamin C is not only much more healthy for you, but its 1/5-1/10 of the price if you make it rather than buy it. Here’s some simple tips on how to make your own Vitamin C tablets. (Below the fold….)
I came across this recipe from Chemsoft, and I think its a great idea. On the website is a calucator which tells you how much of which ingredient you need to end up with a certain amount of Vitamin C. Very smart!
This recipe makes effervescent Vitamin C powder which mixes into a yummy drink, or into fruit juice, etc. Makes the equivalent of 250 tablets.
Whisk or mixer
Plastic flask with tight sealed lid
Ingredients: (buy unopened, of course)
500g Ascorbic Acid
62.2 g Sodiumhydrogencarbonate
93.6g Calciumcarbonate (precipitated)
Mix the Ascorbic Acid powder thoroughly with the fine powder of Calciumcarbonate using a spoon, then add the Sodiumhydrogencarbonate and mix again (with an electric kitchen mixer, if available). Be careful to use dry equipment and containers. Fill the mixture into (several) at most 250 g size dry, soft, plastic powder flasks with a tight screw cap. Open only to withdraw your dayly ration. Commercial (real) tablets come in one to two gram Vitamine C portions. That corresponds to a tea spoon of your powder.
This should cost about $5 to make.