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Aug 23, 2006 12:27 AM

Sodium Citrate as a preservative

I bought some nitrate-free sausages at Cosco and found the preservative to be sodium citrate. How bad is sodium citrate?

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  1. Quite safe. It's used alot as a pH buffer.

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    1. Citric acid is the acid in lemon juice. Sodium citrate is the sodium salt of citric acid. Table salt is sodium chloride which is the sodium salt of hydrochloric acid.

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      1. I agree, much safer than nitrates... bombs vs oranges.

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        1. re: steinpilz

          Thank you...great analogy, which I can relate to!

        2. What about sodium lactate, which is in the nitrate-free turkey I buy from Trader Joe's?

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          1. re: MtzKate

            Sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid. Lactic acid is produced from lactose (milk sugar) by bacterial cultures to produce sour cream and yogurt among other things. Lactic acid causes the tanginess of yogurt and sour cream.

            Some fermented pickles give off lactic acid, which along with salt is what preserves them.