Does your salami contain nitrates? And just what are nitrates anyway?
Yes. We use nitrites in the salt to cure our product. Nitrites are a natural component of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, celery, beets & spinach, to name a few. We add nitrites because it helps to make our product safe by inhibiting growth of bacteria, and it also helps to keep the natural color of the pork.
Little known fact: All cured meats contain nitrites in some form. When it is not included on a label, that is usually because the producer has utilized concentrated celery juice which contains nitrite. Sneaky! The amount of nitrite in our salami is similar to eating about a cup of celery.