Celery powder

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 preservative

Celery powder contains a significant amount of naturally occurring nitrate.[1][2][3] In the United States, celery powder is sometimes used as a food preservative in organic meat products, which is allowed per USDA regulations because the nitrate is naturally occurring.[2] USDA regulations do not allow nitrate to be used directly in organic food products.[2] Meats preserved with celery powder include hot dogs and bacon.[4][5] Celery powder prepared from celery juice has been shown to have a nitrate content of approximately 2.75%.[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Ingredients in Meat Products: Properties, Functionality and Applications. pp. 398–399.
  2. 1 2 3 Compendium of the Microbiological Spoilage of Foods and Beverages. p. 78.
  3. Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences: 3-volume set. p. 451.
  4. Neuman, William (July 1, 2011). "What's Inside the Bun?". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  5. Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD. "The Truth About Bacon". Fox News Magazine. Retrieved 6 January 2015.

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