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Nitrites

A New View of Nitrates

20 Mar 2017

“What are nitrates? Cheaper than day rates.” So goes an old joke, appreciation of which requires a bit of chemical knowledge. The nitrate ion is composed of oxygen and nitrogen and occurs naturally...

Is celery juice a viable alternative to nitrites in cured meats?

20 Mar 2017

Nitrates and nitrites are used to "cure" meat.  Their role was likely discovered by accident and can be traced to the use of salt that happened to be contaminated with potassium or sodium nitrate,...