At Saëna Baking Co., we understand that some of our customers have concerns regarding the use of alcohol in our Angel Bake pure extracts. We’re committed to transparency and educating our customers about our products. This blog aims to address these concerns, explain the role of alcohol in our extracts, and provide peace of mind regarding its safety and quality.
The Role of Alcohol in Extracts
Alcohol is used as a carrier in our extracts to dissolve and preserve the plant based natural essences that provide our exceptional aroma and flavor. It’s a common and safe ingredient in food-grade extracts. Our recommended usage of 3-5 drops of extract per cup of recipe to be flavored.
Alcohol Content: Comparison
Let’s break down the numbers. With 3-5 drops of extract per cup, assuming each drop is about 0.05 ml, the total volume of alcohol used ranges from 0.15 ml to 0.25 ml per cup. Assuming zero evaporation, each cup of flavored food item would contain 142 – 237 parts per million of alcohol. A light beer, with an alcohol content of about 4% by volume, contains approximately 40,000 parts per million (ppm) of alcohol when consumed fully. This is significantly higher than the estimated ppm of alcohol in a recipe using Angel Bake pure extracts.
Evaporation of Alcohol During Baking
Most importantly, it’s essential to understand that alcohol evaporates almost immediately during the baking process. When exposed to the heat of baking or cooking, the majority of the alcohol content dissipates, leaving behind only the desired flavors. This is a well-documented phenomenon in culinary science, ensuring that the final product contains negligible to no alcohol. You’d be wise to compare the use of sherry in Chinese cousin or wine in French dishes.
Traditional extracts, like vanilla or lemon extract, typically use alcohol as a solvent to extract flavors from their source ingredients. In alcohol-free extracts, other solvents like glycerin, propylene glycol, or water are used. Glycerin and propylene glycol are effective in extracting flavors and have a sweet taste, which sweetens and alters the overall taste and flavor profile of the product. Alcohol acts as a preservative in traditional extracts, giving pure extracts a longer shelf life. Alcohol-free extracts, on the other hand, have a shorter shelf life and require refrigeration or special storage conditions to maintain their quality.
Safety and Quality Assurance
At Saëna Baking Co., the safety and satisfaction of our customers are our top priorities. Our Angel Bake pure extracts are designed to enhance your culinary creations without compromising on quality, health and safety. The use of alcohol is standard in pure extract production and is approved by food safety authorities.
We hope this explanation alleviates any concerns about the use of alcohol in our Angel Bake pure extracts. Our goal is to provide high-quality, flavorful, and safe products. We invite our customers to continue enjoying the rich, natural flavors that our extracts bring to your favorite recipes, confident in the knowledge that they are using a product that is both safe and of the highest quality.