A standard product used for wet-curing. It is percent table salt and percent sodium nitrite, along with a pink dye to make sure nobody sprinkles it on their soup by mistake. (See also Prague Powder No.
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Label Decoder: Sodium Nitrite
If you think hot dogs, bacon and lunch meats keep that pinkish hue naturally, think again! These are just a few of the foods that contain the preservative sodium nitrite, which may be harmful to your health. What is it? "Sodium nitrite" and "sodium nitrate" (you might see either on a food label) are used as preservatives to keep meat that bright red color and help prevent bacterial growth. Where is it? Sodium nitrite is commonly added to cured meats, bacon, sausage, ham a...