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Sodium Citrate

Sodium citrate is a common food additive used to delay gelling by tying up calcium ions in a liquid and improving the quality and stability of the food products. It is only effective at high pH levels.

Sodium citrate is the ingredient in Velveeta cheese that makes it melt so well. You can make your own super-melty cheese sauces with the addition of sodium citrate. It's very easy to use. Just whisk it into a liquid then whisk or blend in the cheese and voila, smooth cheese sauce!

These cheese sauces can be cooled and reheated, molded and cut for cheese slices, used as fondues and quesos or added to macaroni and cheese. The thickness of the sauce will depend on the ratio of liquid to cheese.

You can read more information about sodium citrate from my how to use sodium alginate guide or any of the sodium alginate articles and recipes below.

Sodium Citrate Recipes and Articles

Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Soup Recipe

Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Soup  Recipe image This classic bacon cheddar broccoli soup recipe uses the modernist ingredient of sodium citrate to help it stay together without diluting the flavor of the cheese with flour and other starches. The result is a super smooth, super cheesy soup.

Shrimp and Chile Queso Recipe with Sodium Citrate

Shrimp and Chile Queso Recipe with Sodium Citrate image This shrimp and chile queso recipe adds sodium citrate to a cheddar and Gouda cheeses to give it a modernist twist treat for any party. This dish combines sweet shrimp, rich melted cheese and spicy peppers into a a decadent sauce that can be served with tortilla chips, bread chunks or on fajitas or tacos!

Sodium Citrate

Sodium Citrate image Sodium citrate is the perfect ingredient to turn any cheese into a super-melty cheese sauce, fondue or soup. Even aged cheddar can be melted like Velveeta!

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