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Citric acid is found naturally in several fruits and berries, and is commonly added to many foods and beverages as a preservative or for flavor. It has a tart taste, and is also known as lemon salt or sour salt. Many of our customers use our citric acid to clean dishwashers and dishes, or to make fizzy bath bombs (fun!).
Citric acid is completely natural, produced by cells during the Krebs cycle. The acid gets its name from the citrus fruit family, which includes lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. Citrus fruits, especially the more sour ones like lemons and limes, owe their sharp taste to citric acid.
Citric Acid in Food
Our customers have used our citric acid as an ingredient in pretty much everything: cheeses, ice cream, alcoholic beverages, breads, and more. Because of its characteristic tart flavor, citric acid is often added to soft drinks and sour candies -- the white, powdery coating on sour candies is often citric acid).
1. Use citric acid in place of lemon juice: Although its flavor is slightly less complex than the flavor of a lemon, citric acid can be substituted literally anywhere lemon juice is used. An easy use of citric acid is to use it in place of lemon juice in homemade lemonade! Dissolve one teaspoon of citric acid and sugar and adjust to taste in a glass of water.
2. Keep fresh fruits from browning with citric acid: Use citric acid on cut fresh fruit and when making homemade canned goods instead of lemon juice. The acid has the same effect as lemons in preventing fresh fruit from browning and regulates the pH level in canned goods to prevent bacteria growth. You can even add citric acid to marinades, homemade jams, and more!
3. Use citric acid instead of salt: If you're watching your sodium intake, citric acid can be used as a substitute for salt in sour breads, such as sourdough and rye. Substitute an equal amount of citric acid for salt for the same flavor and none of the sodium.
4. Add sourness to sweets: When you're making homemade candy, finish it off with a coating of citric acid for the classic mouth puckering sourness. Or add it to soft drinks for a seriously lemony-lime soda.
5. Use citric acid as an aid in homemade foods: When you're making homemade ice cream or cheese, citric acid helps you reach successful results. It acts as an emulsifier in homemade ice cream by keeping away fat globules. Added to cheese, citric acid helps the milk curdle and solidify.
Non-Food Uses for Citric Acid
There are also non-food uses to citric acid. Many of our customers use our citric acid to clean dishwashers and dishes or to make fizzy bath bombs (fun!).
1. One really fun use of citric acid is bath bombs. When you put a bath bomb in water, it will erupt and fizz, making for an enjoyable bath. Many people combine citric acid and baking soda to make homemade bath bombs, adding oils and fragrances for a pleasant aroma.
2. Citric acid's mildly acidic properties make it a great cleaning agent. When added to dishwashing detergents, citric acid can soften water and remove hard water deposits from dishes, dishwashers, coffeemakers, kettles, and pipes (this is known as descaling).
3. Some people use citric acid in shampoos, skin care, and photography. It's used in shampoos to lower the pH levels so hair will turn out smoother and shinier. In skin care, it may improve the health of skin cells by stimulating collagen production and acting as an antioxidant. When developing film, the citric acid is used to quickly stop the development of photos.
Health Benefits of Citric Acid
Studies have shown that citric acid can help your bones absorb calcium more easily. Its ability to easily bond with minerals aids the absorption and digestion of minerals. Citric acid can also help prevent small kidney stones from growing into larger, problematic stones. The citric acid coats the stones and prevents materials from sticking to them and making them larger.
You might consider keeping a container of citric acid around to take advantage of the acid's many uses!
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Oasia Britt, Bristol, Ct March 28, 2013
“I bought the citric acid. One it is YUM YUM YUM lol I love sour candy and can never find anything to make my far pucker but this, this stuf is amazing. DELISH all sour lovers should buy this I love the box that it came in, I love the powder and the little characters. Consider me a customer for life!”
Yovanny , Miami, Fl March 1, 2013
“very responsible with their excellent products thank you very much”
jennifer, amesbury, ma January 12, 2013
“customer service at its best! will order again!”
Rebecca December 20, 2012
“The package came the day before it was scheduled to come! I love the box it came in. Now we can make our bath fizzies in time for Christmas!!!!!! Than you we will be back to shop some more.
Heather December 17, 2012
“I was completely satisfied with the service and product of Nuts.com. I will absolutely use Nuts.com again.”
sal, atlantic highlands, nj October 12, 2012
“ SO SO SO HAPPY with your company! I ordered citric acid to clean out my espresso machine, so hard to find in stores but found it on your site. I thought the screen was lying when it said I would get the order the next day. Because honestly, a lot of companies promise things they don't come through with. Sure enough it was waiting for me at my doorstep THE NEXT DAY!!! Great company!!! Me and my better functioning espresso machine thank you!
Allen, Fresno, CA May 8, 2012
“These guys are proof that too good to be true can exist. I order at 10:50 on Thursday, they ship at 11:08 and it is on my porch on Monday and all without ripoff shipping prices!”
Julien, NJ March 19, 2012
“Truly amazing service!! I ordered yesterday (Sunday) and received my order early this morning (Monday)!! Awesome! I have never ordered from the internet and received my order so fast! The product is perfect and just as ordered! Thanks so much!”
Alice, Paulding, OH March 8, 2012
“I have never had a package delivered so quickly! Thanks for the sample bag of candy - delicious. The other items were ordered so I could make bath bombs for my granddaughters. I will do that next week, thanks to you!! Keep up the good work!”
Kathleen, Monterey, Ca February 14, 2012
“Wow! Great service.. You had exactly what I needed and my order arrived quickly. Thank!”
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Alice, Chadron, NE July 31, 2013
“It was FUN ordering from you! I love the box our order came in. The packaging was creative and the sample was delicious! The pricing was low and the service was fast. Thank you for your hard work! You make it look easy.”
Serving Size 100g (~3.5 oz.)
(Approx. 4.5 Servings/Pound)
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Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.
Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. We do not recommend refrigeration or freezing.
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