Show some love for your flavours
If you’re anything like me, you just can’t help yourself. Try as you might, the postman keeps dropping off packages, sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-monthly.
Obviously buying lots of flavours gets expensive, and as such, we need to protect our investment.
How to properly store your flavours
Flavours are okay in the original plastic bottles for 3 to 6 months, although a number of variables come into play. Temperature, humidity, exposure to light and how often one opens the bottles.
Irrespective of this, if you plan to keep your flavours long-term, it’s best to transfer your concentrates to glass bottles, with glass droppers too. At the very least, consider glass for the most essential, favourite flavours.
I purchase mine from Pack My Product. Blue for flavours and Amber for additives.
High or Varying Temperature
If the temperature in the location where flavours are stored goes beyond 27 degrees (80 deg F) you should place them in the fridge. This also applies to locations that are subject to fairly drastic temperature changes. Flavours, as with wines and olive oils, prefer a more stable environment.
Better still, grab yourself a wine cooler and keep them at a cellar type temperature of 13-16 degrees (55-60 F). You can pick one up for around $300, well worth the expense when your inventory is over 100 or so. This way, they should last a few years.
If your flavours are in a nail polish rack, shelf or open space, that’s fine; given the temp is okay. However, when placing them in a fridge and or any type of enclosure such as a box, you should keep similar profiles together, especially if you keep them in plastic bottles.
I use Tupperware type containers for the fridge (I did that with a wine cooler too) (glass is best but plastic ok) I keep all these flavour types separate – Tobaccos, Most Desserts, Vanilla and Custards, Fruits and Additives.
Some flavours can crystallize in the refrigerator and or extreme cold, so keep these in a dark cupboard or drawer.
Koolada, Acetyl pyrazine, Sweeteners and Malted Milk by TPA. I am uncertain about FlavourArts Polar Blast, but best be safe and add this too.
From The Table,
It’s all about the juice..