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    [email protected] Guest

    Default color of "nitrite free" meats

    I'm a meat processor and would like to make some "nitrite free"
    versions of my smoked/cured meat products. Is it possible to get that
    characteristic pink color associated with sodium nitrite by using a
    type of food dye for the nitrite-free products? Of course it would be
    ideal if the food dye was organic, since the whole point is to stay
    away from chemicals. Does such a food dye exist? Otherwise, the
    nitrite-free products have an unattractive gray/brown color.

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    Connie TenClay Guest

    Default Re: color of "nitrite free" meats

    [email protected] wrote:
    > I'm a meat processor and would like to make some "nitrite free"
    > versions of my smoked/cured meat products. Is it possible to get that
    > characteristic pink color associated with sodium nitrite by using a
    > type of food dye for the nitrite-free products? Of course it would be
    > ideal if the food dye was organic, since the whole point is to stay
    > away from chemicals. Does such a food dye exist? Otherwise, the
    > nitrite-free products have an unattractive gray/brown color.


    My husband worked with cured meats for over 10 years. He says that food
    dye will not work because the meat will still be brown/gray when cooked
    but you can try celery juice it has a natural nitrite in it. :-)
    Connie TC

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