Below are frequently asked questions
Flavors can be use in many applications such as:
Baking, Candy-Making, Carbonated water (soda flavors), and many other applications that have fun with flavors!
The flavors that we sell are “food-safe”, most are made in the U.S or International made World wide, and conform to current Food Industry standards.
PI Flavors our flavor drops are natural concentrates made to enhance the flavors of food and beverages. All you have to do to create fantastic flavors is add the recommended amount of our flavor drops to your food or drink. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so if you’re unsatisfied with the flavor after adding Capella flavor drops, then feel free to add more until you have reached your personal flavor profile. There is no need to worry about extra calories when adding more flavor because all of our products are made from sources that contain no fats, carbs, or sweeteners. While we don’t specifically sell homeopathic HCG drops, our flavor drops can be used to add flavor to this otherwise bland diet. If you are really concerned with your weight, try our product in addition to your homeopathic HCG drops for a great taste with all the same benefits.
Flavors can often exhibit color changes without any affects on taste or functionality. There are a variety of reasons why flavors may vary in color over time or between order to order. Natural Flavors are subject to color variations based on the raw materials themselves, which can vary from natural causes like crop variations from year to year. Heat, light, and oxygen exposure are the most common factors causing color changes in flavors over time. For example, take an apple that is cut fresh and compare it to an apple that was cut an hour before. What you will see is a slight change in color, but if you did a blind taste test, you would not be able to detect any flavor differences. Also, since many of the flavoring ingredients are from natural sources, crop variations from harvest to harvest can often explain hue changes. Flavoring ingredients may also be specified with a range of color from our suppliers, and these slight deviations can translate into our finished flavors.
I understand that there is confusion on the shelf life.
I will try to explain
the flavors do not have a firm expiration date.
on our certificates of analysis it says
STORE IN A TIGHTLY CLOSED CONTAINER, AWAY FROM HEAT AND DIRECT SUNLIGHT. BEST IF USED BY 9 MONTHS FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. CAN STILL BE USED UP TO 30-60 MONTHS DEPENDING ON STORAGE AND TYPE OF FLAVOR.
but the point is that the flavors do not “spoil”, they do not become harmful like spoiled food may become.
they just might change a little.
the fruits will become weaker,
the vanillas will seem to get better (like wine)
each flavor will act differently over time, but they will not go bad.
years ago, we did not put any recommendation on this, but customers from different countries told us that it was
necessary to put something, because their governments would not accept no recommendation.
it seems every country is different. when we bottle our flavors, we seal them in a purified sterilized labs.
this greatly extends the shelf life, when the flavor is not opened.
but most of our customers open the bottles, and then oxygen gets in, and then the flavors may start to change over time.
so the recommendations about storing in plastic assumes the customer has opened the bottle.
i hope this helps,
SHELF LIFE FLAVOR INFORMATION Concentrated flavors do not spoil, or go rancid, like fruit juices can., so they do not really have an “expiration date”. But under certain conditions they can change. In other words, you will notice that a “fresh” bottle might seem different from an older bottle. Basically, what my flavor manufacturer tells me is that the flavors have a “best used by” life of at least nine months and often much longer, when they are not continuously opened and are stored in glass. It is not necessary to store them in the refrigerator, but I don’t think that this would hurt them. But sometimes refrigeration can cause recrystallization of flavors that have a lot of the crystals like ethyl maltol in them. Here’s some background. Every concentrated flavor is a mixture of raw materials, and every flavor blend can act differently. For example flavors that have a vanilla characteristic are going to have slightly different storage capabilities than fruit flavors. Here’s the reason. Vanilla and caramel flavors are mostly made of large molecules like vanillin, ethyl vanillin , etc. These molecules are not very volatile, and tend not to escape the bottle when you open it. They will be fairly stable. Fruit flavors, on the other hand, are made of much smaller molecules in general. Whenever you open a bottle, it’s the lightest and smallest molecules that escape and reach your nose quickly. Over time when you open a bottle over and over again more and more proportion of these lighter molecules leave the bottle and eventually the character of the flavor will be changed. This doesn’t mean the flavors spoiled, it’s just different. So this is one piece of advice, if you are going to store a flavor for a long period of time, transfer the flavor to smaller bottles that will you will not have to open over and over again. also, when a flavor is warm, like if it’s a hot day, when you open the bottle even more of the volatile molecules will escape, much more will escape than if the flavor was cool. This is true for all liquids, when liquids are heated the molecules are much more easily converted to their gaseous state. So in general it is a good idea to keep the flavor cool though I don’t think refrigeration is necessary.
All of our Flavors are FDA Standards and Health Certified as a Food Flavoring. Also in Distributing in Egypt; Our Flavors have been analysed also by Egyptian Health Department and approved from the Health Ministry of Egypt by its standards and in customs regulations.