Anhydrous Citric Acid (Lemons)


Anhydrous Citric Acid


Citric Acid Applications

Citric acid is used for many applications. For example; it is used in insecticides and disinfectants. This helps destroy traces of bacteria and virus. It is also used to preserve and marinate meats, flavour various foods. This is also is an additive within some beverages. Most commonly, citric acid is used in wine to reduce acidity and improve the overall taste. This product also has a wide variety of uses in other industries too. These include personal care, agricultural, pharmaceutical and also electroplating industries.


Cleaning Uses

Citric acid is used in a multitude of cleaning products. Such as automotive cleaning (e.g. wheel and radiator cleaner.) Metal cleaner, oven cleaner, dishwasher cleaner, general purpose disinfectant and also scum remover. Not to mention, it can be used as a bathroom cleaner. It is suitable for use for the bath tub, tiles and the toilet bowl itself. It is also a common ingredient within dish soap, carpet detergent, laundry detergents and also some air fresheners.


How is Citric Acid produced?

Citric acid is the most important organic acid produced in tonnage. It is extensively used within the food and pharmaceutical industries. This product is is produced mainly by submerged fermentation; using Aspergillus Niger or Candida sp. It is an organic carboxylic acid; and it can be extracted from the juice of citrus fruits. This is done by adding calcium oxide; which forms calcium citrate. This creates an insoluble precipitate that can be collected by filtration; the acid can be recovered form its calcium salt by adding sulphuric acid.


General Uses in Food

Citric acid is used both as a natural flavour enhancer. This can be as a preservative in a variety of foods; such as jams and jellies, canned fruits and also vegetables. It is also used in some ice creams, fruit drinks, candy and carbonated beverages. It helps to regulate acidity and also functions as an antioxidant. This helps to retain colour (if food safe dyes are added to drinks.)


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