What Does Chemical Nitrate Free Mean?

For our bacon and hams we use natural vegetable extracts to preserve the meat. This means we don’t have to add chemical nitrate – usually called Preservative 250 or sodium nitrate 250.

Nitrates occur naturally in many vegetables, such as celery and broccoli and this is where we consume most of them. Replacing the chemical nitrate with vegetable extracts means we use the smallest amount of nitrate, and in a natural form. There are currently no processed meats available in Australia which are completely nitrate free.