Sodium Nitrite Food Grade
Sodium nitrite is a curing salt for the conservation of meat and sausages. While protecting food against bacteria, it causes their reddish color and a typical curing-taste. Especially because of latter, sodium nitrite is a highly popular food additive.
[…] how curing works? – Curing salt stimulates a diffusion which withdraws water from the microorganisms existing in meat. Thus, their progeny as well as their cell functions are constrained. Hence, the meat is protected against bacteria. At the same time, it becomes more compact and lighter.