How to use potassium sorbate

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Potassium sorbate is a common preservative. When you buy it from a store, it will likely be in a concentrated powdered form. To use it, you must first dilute it to a 25 per cent solution, but since it is a preservative, the pre-mixed solution will keep without spoiling indefinably sealed in a jar in your pantry. After making the solution, you can use it in your cooking to increase the shelf life of foods.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Potassium sorbate
  • Measuring cup
  • 3 cups. warm water
  • Stirring spoon
  • 1 qt. resealable jar
  • 1 qt. of food to preserve (fruit with juice)

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  1. 1

    Fill the jar with 3 cups warm water. Measure 1 level cup potassium sorbate and pour it into the water.

  2. 2

    Mix the water and potassium sorbate thoroughly with the spoon until all the powder has been dissolved. Seal the jar and store indefinitely in a cool, dark place. This is your 25 per cent potassium sorbate solution that you will use to preserve foods.

  3. 3

    Add 1 tsp of the potassium sorbate concentrate mix made in Step 2 to each 1 qt. of food you want to extend the shelf life of before you can or bake it. Follow proper canning or jarring procedures (see link in Resources).

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