Do You Know What Your Ingredients are Doing?

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Wouldn’t it be great to know your ingredients are doing just what they are supposed to do at just the right time?

Thanks to encapsulated ingredients, we can! This really comes in handy for products like sorbic acid which are virtually impossible to use without encapsulation.

Why it works

Usually acids are known for reducing pH, killing yeast and altering dough properties. But this is where encapsulation comes in. With this technology, sorbic acid is prevented from interacting with ingredients like yeast and gluten protein UNTIL the yeast kill step of 145oF.

Then you don’t have to worry about it interfering with loaf volume and you can just enjoy the benefits of sorbic acid:

  • Extended mold free protection
  • Virtually odorless and tasteless
  • Works well in fresh or frozen products

Ingredients and Sorbic Acid

The advantage of sorbic acid over other food preservatives, such as propionic or benzoic acid, is that it does not impair the final product’s flavor. This is because  less sorbic acid is needed by weight over other preservatives. Sorbic acid, as well as its salts, functions best in products with pH between 4.0 and  7.0.

Sorbic acid has a water solubility of around 0.16g/100 ml, and increases with temperature. Its solubility is higher in ethanol, but slows with added sugar. Sorbic acid inhibits yeasts strains differently, as some strains are more tolerant to its effects than others.

Discover more about sorbic acid and encapsulation on BAKERpedia!


About the Author:

Lin Carson, PhD
Dr. Lin Carson’s love affair with baking started over 25 years ago when she earned her BSc degree in Food Science & Technology at the Ohio State University. She went on to earn her MSc then PhD from the Department of Grain Science at Kansas State University. Seeing that technical information was not freely shared in the baking industry, Dr. Lin decided to launch BAKERpedia to cover this gap. Today, as the world’s only FREE and comprehensive online technical resource for the commercial baking industry, BAKERpedia is used by over half a million commercial bakers, ingredient sellers, equipment suppliers and baking entrepreneurs annually. You can catch Dr. Lin regularly on the BAKED In Science podcast solving baking problems. For more information on Dr. Lin, subscribe to her "Ask Dr. Lin" YouTube Channel, or follow her on LinkedIn.

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