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Nitrite Pickling Salt

Nitrite Pickling Salt is ordinary salt with .4% of Sodium Nitrite (NaNO²) added. Generally, the salt used is non-iodized, but some brands might have iodine in them.

Nitrite Pickling Salt helps to fix colour, and preserve food. It also helps protect against botulism.

When used, the nitrite forms into nitric oxide, which is the colour fixative.

History Notes

In 1899, it was discovered that it was nitrite rather than nitrate which actually contributed to preserving.

See also:

Preserving Salts

Dairy Salt; Morton's Tender Quick; Nitrite Pickling Salt; Pickling Salt; Prague Powder; Prague Powder; Saltpetre

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Also called:

Nitritpöekelsalz (German)


Oulton, Randal. "Nitrite Pickling Salt." CooksInfo.com. Published 25 March 2006; revised 26 October 2007. Web. Accessed 03/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/nitrite-pickling-salt>.

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