Overview: What is Sodium Nitrite?
Sodium Nitrite is a salty product that appears as a white to yellowish crystalline powder. It is a versatile precursor to products in multiple industries and a common additive for fish and meats.
The production of Sodium Nitrite occurs in two main ways: reducing Nitrate Salts or the oxidation of other nitrogen sources. The reductive option usually combines Sodium Nitrate with lead or scrap iron filings, which react to convert the Nitrite into Nitrate. The alternative option is reacting nitrogen oxides into an aqueous, alkaline solution with a variety of catalysts. The condition for this reaction varies based on the final product, however.
Applications for Sodium Nitrite are usually either industrial or food-based. Industrially, Nitrites are used as a precursor to dyes, detinning, as a grease additive and even a heat transfer agent, for hot and cold uses. Food companies use it, however, as a primary curing agent for meat and fish. This curing, however, imparts a slight pink tinge to the final product. Some information highlights this as a safer option as Nitrites inhibit microbial growth, although it is not well documented.
Sodium Nitrite at Kilo Ltd.
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This information is provided as a guide and is by no means legally binding. Suggestions on dosage rates, specific applications and anything else related to detailed quality information can be provided by our quality team or requested directly to our manufacturer.