I want to make my own salami but I'm interested in alternative ways to lower the ph of the meat. I have people in the house with dependency issues so using wine in any sort of food (Like the recipe says) is a big No-No. I was thinking maybe some sort of citrus to reduce the ph. Maybe Citric Acid or lemon juice. I'm not sure how that would end up though.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Substitution in preserved foods are generally considered unsafe. Food chemistry is a complicated affair, and cooking is inherently imprecise. Sure, you can find a way to reduce the pH to that of the original recipe. But a salami is a fermented food. Your pH might be the same, but other things will change, for example the composition of the available sugars, and you can catch a different strain of bacteria. Safe preservation recipes have either been extensively tested in a lab, or used for centuries. Making a small change can destroy the delicate balance which leads to a tasty, safe food.

The solution here is to look for another recipe, one which is safe but does not contain wine. For something as risky as cured meat, I'd suggest not getting some random recipe off the Internet, but choosing from a book, or maybe from the blog of a known, respectable author. This way, you get both good taste and safety, things which are hit-and-miss when making your own substitutions.

  • So better not to make it then if the alcohol is a problem?
    – Neil Meyer
    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:36
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    Exactly, it's better to not make this one recipe if you can't have alcohol. But there are salami recipes without alcohol, so just choose one of them.
    – rumtscho
    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:39
  • Or, maybe try getting one of those small single serving bottles of wine, from a liquor store or something, and maybe that's enough to use it all up and not have any left over?
    – SnakeDoc
    Jun 26, 2018 at 16:18

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