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What effects do nitrates and nitrites have on food?

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2017 09:39AM EST
Nitrates and nitrites are part of a curing process that does four things:
  • Gives cured meats like ham and hot dogs a deep, meaty flavor
  • Prevents the growth of bacteria that cause food borne illnesses
  • Stops meat from turning grey
  • Preserves products so they last longer

We use natural, plant-based nitrates at Applegate for one simple reason: They make our products better.
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