Sunday, August 24, 2008

Do You Make Your Own Simple Syrup?

All of the ready-to-use shaved ice and snow cone syrups offered at come preserved and have a shelf life of at least 7 months. However, if you plan to purchase our concentrates and mix your own simple syrup at home, you will need to add preservatives to your syrup in order to extend the shelf life.

Unpreserved simple syrup only has a shelf life of 5 to 14 days. To increase the shelf life of your syrup, simply add 1 ounce of sodium benzoate and 1/4 ounce of citric acid to each gallon of syrup that you make. Adding the correct amounts of sodium benzoate and citric acid to your syrup can extend the shelf life to around six months. Please note that neither preservative will work without the addition of the other one.

One gallon of sodium benzoate (128 ounces) will preserve 128 gallons of simple syrup.

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