The Myth of Nitrite-Free Cured Meats

I flipped through Trader Joe’s flier last week – I love good long-form ad copy. One of their products was labeled as a nitrite-free pastrami. This raised my eyebrow because pastrami, a cured deli meat of Jewish culinary extraction, is usually cured with something called sodium nitrite. In this post, I’ll dig into the issue of sodium nitrite, why some people avoid it, and why these nitrite-free offerings aren’t the solution.

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