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6 Methods to Improve Shelf Life of a drink

  • 22-Sept-2022

All beverages, from carbonated sodas to iced teas and isotonics, rely on preservatives to maintain their original flavour and aroma for extended periods of storage. Despite the fact that synthetic preservatives have been widely used in packaged beverages due to their low cost per serving, modern consumers are increasingly turning away from products that contain ingredients with chemical-sounding names when reading product labels.

Different beverage systems call for different amounts and types of ingredients. Some Snapple products, including the classic variety, boast of being 100 percent natural. Sugar and citric acid are used to preserve them; citric acid is also added to increase acidity and improve flavour. However, the artificial high-intensity sweeteners used to make Diet Snapple beverages necessitate additional preservation measures. Their citric acid content is complemented by potassium citrate, the citric acid potassium salt used as an acidulant, buffer, and preservative.


Some suggestions for preserving beverages:-


1. Thermosonication of juice

Microorganisms are killed by ultrasound in two different ways: mechanically, through the generation of shear force that ruptures cell walls, and chemically, through the formation of free radicals that attack cell membranes, resulting in cell death. Thermosonication is a treatment method that combines ultrasound with heat to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. For this reason, scientists are investigating whether or not the antimicrobial peptide nisin can be added to this process to increase the longevity of apple juice.


2. OxiKan CL, made by Kancor

OxiKan CL is Kancor's rosemary-based natural antioxidant solution. OxiKan CL is a clear, odourless, and flavourless liquid extract that has no discernible effect on the overall flavour or aroma of the food matrix. By preventing lipid rancidity, it lengthens the shelf life of the food products without changing their flavour or appearance


3. The eBeam system

eBeam is a form of ionising radiation. Electrons with tremendous speed and energy are created by an accelerator. These high-energy electrons are able to pass through food particles and disrupt the DNA of harmful microorganisms by creating multiple double-strand breaks. Microorganisms are killed off in part because electrons can split water molecules and produce temporary free radicals.


4. Minimise the alcohol's exposure to air.

Air (and more specifically the oxygen in the air) can oxidise your alcohol. Alcohol's quality and flavour are both diminished by oxidation, which also accelerates the ageing process. This can reduce the quality of the liquor or even turn it sour. Long-term exposure to it in wine can turn the beverage sour.

In order to prevent oxidation from occurring, it is important to properly seal all opened alcoholic beverages. Either the bottle's original cork or a stopper may be used. The cap must be securely fastened to prevent air from entering the bottle during storage.

Hard liquor with a long shelf life and high turnover is ideal for speed pourers. When storing alcoholic beverages, speed pourers should always be removed.


5. It's better to use an empty full bottle than a half-full one

If you have more than one bottle open, always drink from the one with the least amount of liquor in it first. It's for the same reason that you shouldn't let any alcohol settle to the bottle's bottom. This is due to the fact that more oxygen can be contained within the bottle if less liquid is contained within it. Because of this, oxidation levels may rise.

Decanting into a smaller bottle can delay oxidation and extend the life of wine with less than a third of the bottle left.


6. Stay away from sudden temperature swings

The quality of your alcohol will suffer if the temperature is either too hot or too cold. However, the ideal serving temperature differs depending on the alcohol in question.

Liquor bottles don't need to be refrigerated. however, many professionals agree that temperatures between 13 and 16 degrees are best. Overheating can cause the alcohol to expand and evaporate, which in turn changes the flavour.


However, wine is best kept in the cooler range of 11°C to 14°C. Wine that is kept at a warmer temperature will age more rapidly, which will dry out the cork. A wine's maturation is stymied by colder temperatures. Because white wine is typically served chilled, it can be served at temperatures as low as 7°C.


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