Celery salt is a seasoned salt used as a food seasoning, made from ground seeds, which may come from celery or its relative lovage. These ground seeds are mixed with salt, either table salt or sea salt.
Celery salt is an ingredient of the Bloody Mary cocktail and the Caesar cocktail. It is also commonly used to season the famous Chicago-style hot dog, the New York System wiener, salads, and stews. It can also be used to liven up a coleslaw. It is a primary ingredient in Old Bay brand seasoning.
Celery salt is very high in the preservative sodium nitrate. When added to foods, sodium nitrate forms small amounts of nitrosamines, a family of possible human carcinogens. Celery salt is often used by food producers to prevent spoilage while avoiding listing sodium nitrate on the ingredients list directly.
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