One strategy to reduce sodium is to replace it with potassium. Potassium Chloride is ionically the closest salt molecule to Sodium Chloride. It will give the closest functionality results than any of the other salt combinations. One of the drawbacks to Potassium Chloride however, is its bitter taste. Nu-Tek has developed a patent pending technology that minimizes this off flavor.
Potassium Chloride is slightly weaker ionically then Sodium Chloride. This will have some minor functional differences in meat systems. Potassium Chloride will not reduce the water activity or increase the yields as well as straight Sodium Chloride. Here again, the differences will be minimal in comparison to other salts that can be used (Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride) and significantly better than flavor enhancers and spices.
Study results show that Nu-Tek’s Modified Potassium Chloride enhances water holding capacity and improves yield similar to or better than Sodium Chloride. The reaction during processing of the Potassium Chloride in this proprietary process enhances the functionality of the Potassium Chloride thus aiding the yields in the meat system.
Studies were conducted in a ground beef system using the following parameters:
2% Salt, Modified Potassium Chloride or Potassium Chloride
15% Fat Ground Beef
Heat to 180 degree F on medium heat.
Coming up with a low sodium meat product is challenging but today there are many solutions. Flavor issues can be enhanced by using many current flavoring systems, but they usually fall short in terms of functional properties in meat systems. Potassium Chloride will function similarly but will have reduced yields. Nu-Tek’s Modified Potassium Chloride can solve flavor and yield issues for meat processing today.
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