Celery powder debate

Discussion in 'Curing' started by donr, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    I just saw this Celery Juice Powder on the sausage Maker's website.


    It's the first time I have seen it for sale to the public.  Warnings about not knowing how long it takes the natural nitrates to break down.  I just thought I would throw it out for those interested.

  2. That's interesting! The duck bacon that I sometimes buy is made with that. I'll have to learn more! Thanks for this. Cheers! - Leah
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    *The USDA currently does not recognize naturally occurring nitrates as effective curing agents in meats, so if using Celery Juice Powder for products being sold to the public, the end-products must be labeled "Uncured".

    Copied from Sausage Makers description of Celery Juice Powder......

    Regardless of the curing method used, restricted ingredient calculations for bacon are based on the green weight of the skinless belly. For rind-on bacon, e.g., where the skin is sold as part of the finished product, a restricted ingredient conversion calculation is necessary. Nitrate is no longer permitted in any curing method for bacon.

    Copied from the FSIS handbook.......
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013
  4. AHA!

    Thank you Dave! As I looked and sure enough, the "Dartagnan" brand of duck bacon that I sometimes buy, indeed says in huge print: "UNCURED." So that makes great sense now, and I love learning from you experts here, so thank you tons!!

    Cheers! - Leah

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