Citric Acid

Citric Acid
Citric Acid
Citric Acid Citric Acid
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Citric Acid, a weak organic acid, is a dry, odorless, and crystalline powder with a strongly acidic flavor. It has a tart taste that is slightly less complex than the flavor of a lemon. Our Citric Acid is produced from glucose syrup derived from cassava. It blends easily without creating a gritty mouth feel and is often used as a flavoring additive in foods, soft drinks and as a replacement for salt in some salt free seasoning blends. It is also known as lemon salt or sour salt. Citric Acid has been generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by all major national and international food regulatory agencies and has been approved by the FDA for use in food.

Citric acid is found naturally and comes from the fermentation of crude fruit sugars. It was discovered in the 8th century CE by Persian scientist Jabir ibn Hayyan, one of the pioneers of experimentational chemistry. However, it was not purposely isolated from lemon juice until 1794 in Sweden, by Carl Wilhelm Scheele. Italy spearheaded the production of citric acid soon after, controlling it until World War I interrupted lemon supplies. In 1917 an American chemist, James Currie, was able to efficiently produce citric acid from a common black mold, Aspergillus niger, and he shaped many of the processes still in use in industrial production today.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Citric Acid can be used in place of lemon juice and has the same effect as lemons in preventing fresh fruit from browning. It helps control pH and can be used when making homemade canned fruits or jams in. Add to water to acidulate when making artichokes. Use to curdle milk when making a simple cheese like paneer. It is a natural emulsifier so add to your homemade ice cream to prevent fats from separating. For low-sodium diets, use Citric Acid as a substitute for salt; use an equal amount of citric acid as you would salt for bright flavor with none of the sodium.

Our Citric Acid is currently sourced from either Canada or Thailand.

This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate4.6g2%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
4 total ratings.

Maria L. (Verified buyer) 10/20/2021
good good

steven a. (Verified buyer) 10/19/2020
Citric acid is great So we just started getting our spices here for our small business making beef jerky. although we haven't spread out for family and friends in the area things are looking better and tasting better thanks to Spices INC. we gave you a TikToc shout out (fryguy1)

Barbara D. (Verified buyer) 05/04/2020
Great Stuff I may be using it for things not intended, but it works. It is great for cleaning the calcium deposit out of coffee and teapots. I also use a tablespoon in the first rinse of the dishwasher. We have very hard water. I was without lemon juice and was making a powder sugar glaze, so I add 1/4 teaspoon citric acid and it added just the right amount of tang!

Thomas C. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2018
Spice review All the spices arrived quickly and nicely packaged. I love cooking with them and will continue to order from Spices, Inc. I am a former Penzeys customer who finds the offerings at Spices, Inc to be superior