Choosing salt for meat
When choosing salt for your meat processing, it is important to keep these points in mind:
- Purity: in meat processing, purity is of great importance
- Solubility: a good dissolution rate is essential to promote coloration, prevent spot-moulding and ensure consistent quality
- Blendability and homogenous particle size distribution: homogeneous mixing with nitrite salt guarantees product preservation as well as the prevention of botulism.
Functions of salt in meat
- Flavour, colour and texture enhancer
- Carrier of nitrite
Salt with nitrite acts as a shelf life and food safety agent, and enhances the colouring proces.