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CuriousTom

Member Since 11 Jan 2018
Offline Last Active Aug 28 2018 02:40 PM

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Shelf Life Testing

03 July 2018 - 06:16 AM

Hi all,

 

Does anyone know how to determine the approximate shelf life of a product without going through full laboratory testing?

I've spoken to a company here in the UK that manufactures and bottles sauces for other companies, and they've said that they can either send products away to a lab (at an additional cost), or tell shelf life from the composition of the recipe and the pH of the finished product (their preferred method).

I've asked how they calculate the latter, but they won't really say. They're a legitimate company, so I don't think it's anything dodgy. I don't plan on using them as I'm still small, but I can't really expand on what I do without an idea of shelf life (and preferably not spending at least £4,000 that I don't have!)

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

 

 


Wax Sealing Bottles

05 June 2018 - 02:46 AM

Hi all,

Has anyone here tried wax sealing their bottles? I currently used the plastic shrink wrap sleeves, however here in the UK they're getting trickier to source. I also had my heat gun break during a production, and if it had been for an order, I would've been gubbed! At least you can't fail to melt wax.

Cheers,

Tom

Fermented Sauce Getting Kinda Cheesy

16 March 2018 - 12:37 PM

Hi all,

I've been making a sauce using a hab fermentation, and a few folk have commented lately that some bottles that are 6 months old are starting to smell a little like the fermentation is still going.
The pH was down at 3.something, so I'm struggling to think why it's still going.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated! Cheddary sauces aren't my thing.

Cheers,
Tom

Plastic Bottles

05 March 2018 - 03:51 PM

Hi all,
 
Does anyone here use plastic bottles for their sauces? I'm thinking of trying it out due to the fact that my trial run of mail order has resulted in a trial run of people receiving a soggy cardboard boxes full of glass shards!
 
I know it's possible to get plastic bottles you can hot fill, but I'd imagine the temp can't be nearly as high as when I hot fill glass bottles.
 
Cheers,
Tom


Hello from not so sunny Scotland!

11 January 2018 - 11:31 AM

Hi all,

Glad to have discovered this forum. I'd love to hear from any UK chilli folk.

Cheers,

Tom