The use of Citric Acid in shaved ice syrup is practically necessary. When paired with Sodium Benzoate it creates a highly effective preservative that can add around 6 months to the shelf life of your syrups. Neither preservative will work without the other. A 1-gallon jug of Citric Acid will preserve 512 gallons of simple syrup. Each gallon contains 128 ounces. This Citric Acid is not recommended for anything but shaved ice concentrates.
Un-preserved simple syrup will have a shelf life of up to 1-2 weeks. In order 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.
Please note that our citric acid is developed for our shaved ice recipes only. It is not recommended for use in other recipes such as jams, jellies, vegetable canning, margaritas etc. For use in recipes other than shaved ice syrups, please contact a food scientist in your area.
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