How to Improve the Shelf Life of Edibles
It can be hugely disappointing to have your heart set on eating a homemade edible only to find that your goodie has gone stale or moldy. Homemade edibles won’t stay fresh for long unless they contain oil, butter, or honey that has been properly infused with herbs or flower properly dried. Edibles have a shelf life, so they must be made with high-quality ingredients to prevent them from going bad at a fast rate.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to increase the shelf life of your edibles. One of the best methods to do so is by relying on the LĒVO line of infusion machines to dry and infuse your herbs properly. Not only do they work efficiently to create high-quality infusions for all of your homemade edibles, but their technology is specifically designed to control the elements that could otherwise lessen the shelf life of edibles. With LĒVO you can be sure to get the most out of your infusions whether for your own enjoyment or sharing with friends.
What Makes Edibles Go Bad?
There are 2 things that kill the shelf life of edibles – moisture and air.
The air we breathe is about 21 percent oxygen, which has the power to oxidize many of the components found in food and edibles. Oxidation is a chemical process where electrons are lost, causing deterioration in the quality of a food product. When an edible is exposed to air, the oxygen in the air can oxidize the fat in the food. Oxidation degrades the fat, diminishing its shelf life.
Moisture is also responsible for decreasing the quality of edibles. Low-moisture foods tend to have the most stable shelf life. High levels of moisture in food, or even humidity in the air, encourage the growth of bacteria and mold. Bacteria, mold, and mildew will cause spoilage, degrade the quality of an edible, and reduce its shelf life. As such, moisture in flowers or herbs can have this same impact. Drying flowers prior to activating it can make a significant difference in the shelf life of your edibles. LĒVO’s machines are designed to do just that – combat both of these edible enemies – air and moisture.
How to Improve the Shelf Life of Edibles
Unlike any other infusion machine on the market, the LĒVO II and LĒVO Lux were designed with a Dry mode geared to reduce the moisture of flower prior to infusing them into your oil, butter, or honey. The Dry mode removes excess moisture from any herb (including fresh ones) to help enhance the shelf life of the edible in which it is used to make. The LĒVO Lux machine also has an improved dry+ system that dries herbs and flower up to three times faster than the LĒVO II. Drying your herb is a valuable step in the process of making homemade edibles, which can drastically improve the shelf life of your final creation.
Another element that LĒVO took into consideration when designing their machines is air. Creating an edible with a non-aerated infusion can dramatically extend the shelf life of the food. Other infusion machines on the market use a whipping or whisking mechanism, which aerates the infusion. Infusions packed with air lead to edibles with a much shorter shelf life.
LĒVO’s magnetic stirrer ensures that zero bubbles are created during the infusion process. This creates a smooth, seamless infusion with a longer shelf life expectancy. As a result of these two device features, LĒVO helps make homemade edibles last the longest!
Not only can the LĒVO family of infusion machines help you protect the integrity and shelf life of edibles, but we also offer unique products that allow you to store and share your infusion creations. The Sharing is Caring Kit helps you to safely seal and store your confections with small and large wrappers and a heat sealer. The heat sealer creates an airtight seal, protecting your edibles from the air, moisture, insects, and light, extending their shelf life!
LĒVO also offers food-safe silicone Herb Block Trays that let you safely store up to two cups of infused oil. The trays include snug-fitting lids and will extend the life of infused oils, giving you more time and flexibility to experiment in the kitchen. The Gummy & Candy Silicone Molds offer the same level of protection and will keep your edible candy, gummy, and chocolate treats safe from air and moisture.
You do not have to settle for edibles that will go stale or rancid in a matter of days. Unlike other infusion machines on the market, LĒVO infusion machines are guaranteed to produce high-quality infusion blends that significantly extend the shelf life of your edible good - keeping them fresh for longer and saving you time and money.
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