Let’s talk about temperature: How cold affects our ingredients and products!

We talk a lot about the importance of heat in our products – Get a bloody thermometer already! Equipment review – but let’s talk a bit about the impact of the cold! It’s so cold!  It’s super cold where I live right now – -17˚C (1.4˚F), but with the wind chill, it feels like -26˚C (-14.8˚F)...

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Why do we wait until products are cooled before packaging? Evaporation, contamination, volume, viscosity, and more!

I’m sure you’ve seen it in all my formulas – after making the product, wait until it cools to room temperature (20˚C/68˚F) before packaging – but why is that thing? Let’s take a look at a few reasons why we should wait to bottle! I definitely know how tempting it is the package an emulsion...

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Quick reminder: Protect your fine oils and meltables this summer (with a short video)!

This may be a little on the late side as it’s been hot for ages, but don’t forget to get your oils, butters, solid oils, and other fine meltables into colder spaces, including the fridge or freezer! This’ll keep them better longer – heat and light speed up rancidity – and can prevent grains from...

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Tips & techniques: You don’t need to test and alter the pH of an emulsion with a few exceptions…

Welcome back to another instalment of tips & techniques! I thought I should create a separate and updated post on this topic because I see people going through all the work to test and alter pH for emulsions that are just fine on their own. As you’ll see, most emulsifiers are designed to create formulas...

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Tips & techniques: Don’t wash your packaging before use!

A quick tip for you: You don’t need to clean your packaging before you use it. Putting your bottles and jars into a dishwasher before you use them for products can introduce contamination. Using dishwashing soap and a bottle cleaner can leave residue. There may be water in places you don’t expect and that can...

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