Citric Acid

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Citric acid is a powder obtained through fermentation of fruit sugars sometimes called sour salts. As a food additive, it acts as an emulsifier. The powder is added to bath salts to soften hard water, to natural cosmetics to extend shelf life and to scouring powders to bind metals and remove lime and rust deposits.

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approx cups to one pound4
originunited states

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a sealed container away from light and moisture.
appearance & aromaFine powder with a slightly sour scent.


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cosmeticAdd a small amount to your cosmetic formulas to act as a preservative.
culinaryMay be added to foods as a thickener. Add to sourdough bread. May also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
householdInclude in natural household cleaning formulas. Run a teaspoon through the dishwasher or coffee maker to clean and remove mineral deposits.

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flavor profile

citric acid

Has a sour taste. Pairs well with citrus fruits and juices.

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what else you should know

citric acid

Citric acid is produced from the rinds of citrus fruits via fermentation and the powdered form by dehydration. Because citric acid powder lends a tangy flavor to foods and beverages, it is commonly referred to in culinary circles as sour salt. Aside from enhancing the flavor of sourdough bread, citric acid is also used in canning, pickling and to make sausage.

Citric acid powder is also useful elsewhere around the house. In addition to acting as an emulsifier and preservative in your natural cosmetic recipes, it is also used in scrubbing powders and in homemade laundry soap and dishwasher powders.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.