Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600815


Quick salt is another name for saltpeter, which is
potassium nitrate. Potassium or sodium nitrate is used in
the curing of home-made sausage, corned beef, pickled pigs'
feet etc. Commercially, smaller quantities of potassium or
sodium nitrite are used instead of the nitrate, resulting in
faster cures. These substances are used to achieve the
typical cured meat flavor and color and for their
anti-oxidant and bacteriostatic properties. They are
essential in cured meats.

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