Sodium Citrate is the most widely used emulsifying salt in sliced processed cheese products. It is commonly used as a buffering agent in combination with citric acid to provide precise pH control required in many food and beverage applications.
Sodium citrate has saline, mildly tart flavor. It is mildly basic and can be used along with citric acid to make biologically compatible buffers.
The use of Sodium citrate is as a food additive, usually for flavor or as a preservative. It contributes as a tart flavor in commercial, ready-to-drink beverages and drinks mixes. Its use is in gelatin mix, ice-cream, jams, sweets, milk powder, processed cheeses, carbonated beverages, and wine.
Sodium Citrate is also is known as an emulsifier for oils in the cheesemaking process. It allows the cheese to melt without becoming greasy.
Some of its applications are in:
Fruits, Vegetables Meat, Seafood, Cereals, Snacks Desserts, Ice Cream Ready Meals, Instant Food, Fruit Preparations, Sweet Spreads Baby Food, Infant Formula, Sauces, Dressings, and Seasoning.