Celery powder is a dried, ground concentrate prepared from fresh celery that is used as a seasoning and as a food preservative in organic meat products. Several commercial preparations exist, and it can also be made using a food dehydrator. Some celery powders are prepared from celery juice.[1]

Meat curative

Celery powder contains a significant amount of naturally occurring nitrate and is often treated with bacterial cultures to produce nitrite.[1][2][3][4] In the United States, treated celery powder is sometimes used as a meat curing agent in organic meat products, which is allowed per USDA regulations because the nitrate/nitrite is naturally occurring.[2] USDA regulations do not allow artificially added nitrate or nitrite to be used directly in organic food products.[2] Meats cured with celery powder include hot dogs and bacon.[5][6] Celery powder prepared from celery juice has been shown to have a nitrate content of approximately 2.75%.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Tarté, Rodrigo (2009-02-21). Ingredients in Meat Products: Properties, Functionality and Applications. pp. 398–399. ISBN 9780387713274.
  2. ^ a b c Doyle, Michael P.; Sperber, William H. (2009-09-23). Compendium of the Microbiological Spoilage of Foods and Beverages. p. 78. ISBN 9781441908261.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences: 3-volume set. 2014-07-22. p. 451. ISBN 9780123847348.
  4. ^ Schwarcz, Joe (20 March 2017). "Is celery juice a viable alternative to nitrites in cured meats?". Office for Science and Society. McGill University. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  5. ^ Neuman, William (July 1, 2011). "What's Inside the Bun?". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD. "The Truth About Bacon". Fox News Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)