A team of researchers found an innovative way of curing ham by using plasma-treated water as an alternative to chemical curing solutions.


Plasma-treated water (PTW), which means water subjected to plasma discharge in air, has gained increasing attention in several fields, including disinfectants, preservatives, and fertilizers.


A team of Korean researchers wanted to evaluate the potential of PTW as an alternative to synthetic sodium nitrite in loin ham manufacturing. Nitrite, an important chemical species in various industrial areas, is also used in meat products for decades for curing among other things. But an increasing number of consumers are avoiding synthetic additives owing to the growing concern about food additives in recent years...


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