Dairy Ingredients Take the Heat in Shelf Stable Beverages
Most dairy beverages are stored in the refrigerator; a growing number of dairy-based beverages are shelf stable and can be stored in the pantry. These convenient products are manufactured using either aseptic or retort processing. Both procedures use high heat to destroy microorganisms and enzymes, resulting in a beverage that can be stored at room temperature without the risk of spoilage. Aseptic technology is considered one of the most significant food science innovations of the last 50 years, and works well for both plain and flavored milk beverages. This article is about the use of different technology in dairy beverages.