Citric Acid

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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!

Customer Reviews

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“I appreciate the quick service and the very creative 'order delivered' email!

January 22, 2010

“WOW! Super fast shipping and great products. Can't wait to order again. Thanks and Happy New Year!”

, Washington, NC January 4, 2010

“I just tried out the citric acid by making fizzy bath balls. Quality stuff! Thanks!”

, IL December 24, 2009

“Got it as promised ... for bread baking and cleaning my dishwasher! Thanks a lot.”

December 23, 2009

“I decided to try your Citric acid as the price very reasonable.My previous purchase was from a local drug store and it was $18.00/lb. I placed my order online on a Sunday, and received my order on Wednesday. OUTSTANDING!!! I am using the Citric acid to clean my dishwasher as it removes the hard water deposits. It also removes water deposits left on the dishes. Just add it along with your detergent.I am very pleased with the service and product, and will tell everybody i know about your company. Thanks Ernie ”

, Indianapolis, In December 5, 2009

“My stuff was delivered the next day. I couldn't believe it. Thanks.”

, Dartmouth, Ma December 2, 2009

“Thank you so much for adding the citric acid!!! I just left you a voice mail and forgot to follow up today, but there it was on my invoice! What service!!! I need to make bath fizzies for a craft show this week and couldn't find the stuff anywhere!!!! You guys are great! Your almond paste is worth it alone! I just paid 10 for 1 pound at my local speciality market! I tell everyone I can about you guys!!!
Thanks again!

November 2, 2009

“Did a craft that was much fun. No kidding it was FUN!! The kind of fun that makes you call a few friend and say let's get together and make bath bomb fizzies. It was hilarious stuffing the mold before they started to harden. I laughed so hard, as I was making them alone for a dry run. The most difficult part was finding a supplier of citric acid. So, I ordered it online, and it took one day to get here from nutsonline.com.”

, Harleysville September 23, 2009

“Package was delivered in a timely manner and am greatly satisfied with your product.”

, Bay Shore, NY September 9, 2009

“Wow! I can't believe how quickly my order arrived - I ordered it yesterday, chose the cheapest shipping option, and received it today! Everything is tasty and fresh, too. Bravo, Nuts Online - I've already raved about you over on Facebook. Thanks!”

, Philadelphia, PA August 26, 2009

“Got the package and loved the box! Got Citric Acid and am anxious to make bath fizzies for my kids that I teach and grandkids! Thanks!”

, Bunkie, La. January 27, 2014

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 100g (~3.5 oz.)
(Approx. 4.5 Servings/Pound)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 2.4
Calories From Fat 0
%DV
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%

Ingredients

Citric Acid

Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. We do not recommend refrigeration or freezing.

Country of Origin: Belgium

ID: 7123

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Our beloved grandfather, Poppy Sol, started this business in an open-air market. Three generations later, we’re still bringing smiles to our customers' faces.

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