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Technical Information, Brix, pH and More

  • Brix [brik]: The measurement by which the percentage by weight of soluble solids is expressed as the percent of sucrose in a solution.
  • Density: The thickness of the composition of an item that is measured by the specific gravity at a specified Brix level.
  • Depectinize: The removal of pectins from fruit juice to produce a clear, thin juice instead of a viscous, cloudy liquid, by the use of enzymes which hydrolyze pectins to smaller, soluble compounds.
  • Dietary Fiber: The edible cell structure, seeds and skins of the various fruits and vegetables.
    • Soluble Fiber: The dietary fiber of the fruit or vegetable that is water-soluble, can be absorbed into the human digestive system and must be counted as part of the carbohydrate load of an item.
    • Insoluble Fiber: The dietary fiber of the fruit or vegetable that is not water-soluble and will not be absorbed into the human digestive system. This is known as a non- loading carbohydrate and need not be counted into the total carbohydrate calculation for an item.
  • Microbiological Specifications: We test for the following microbial standards on each batch of aseptic puree to ensure that the following standards are met.
    APC: <10 Compendium of the Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods, 4th Edition
    Yeast: <10 AOAC Official Methods of Analysis, 18th Edition
    Mold: <10 AOAC Official Methods of Analysis, 18th Edition
    Coliform: <10 cfu/g BAM, FDA, 8th Edition Online, 2001, Chapter 4
    E. coli: <10 (CFU) BAM, FDA, 8th Edition Online, 2001, Chapter 4
    Salmonella: negative BAM, FDA, 8th Edition Online, 2001, Chapter 5
  • pH: A measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Pure water has a pH very close to 7. Fruit purees at our facility are below pH 4.0 increasing their stability and decreasing the opportunity for microbial growth.
  • Soluble Solids: Material that is capable of being dissolved or mixed. Will not precipitate out.