Hi everyone! Hope all is well. I have a question on shelf life of ganache. Actually, a few. :-)
1. Do you all use glucose syrup, invert sugar or some type of water binder? Do any of you choose not to add these?
2.In one of my books it states the max shelf life for a ganache with moisture binder added as 3 weeks. So without what would the shelf life be and how are some companies getting away with a longer shelf life?
3. I've seen some chocolates with like a chocolate cup or tea cup shape shell and then a piped ganache on top, therefore part of the ganache is not enrobed. How is this done without cutting the shelf life down to practically nothing?
Thanks so much for any info! Sorry for all the drill down of questions but my curiosity is killing me . :-)
I have many customers who object to glucose/invert sugar/corn syrup/etc. in their chocolates, so I make quite a few that do not have a moisture binding agent. I'm a small shop without the ability to run lab tests, but my chocolates hold up to regular taste tests and inspections, and seem to easily have at least a three week shelf life (I do keep them at 64 degrees F). My experience is that the 3 week limit is conservative. I've had chocolates that I pulled from the case and placed in my "bone pile" for several weeks beyond that and found them still quite good.
When I do a piping on top of a piece I don't use ganache--just untempered chocolate (sometimes mixed with vanilla, spices, etc. but no cream).
Hope that helps...
Thanks for the input Dale! I appreciate it. I would prefer not to use the glucose as well, I tend to prefer my ganache on the more bitter side, but I wasn't sure how they would hold up as far as safety.
That is interesting about the untempered chocolate, the ones I've seen almost look fluffy like a whipped ganache or something. What does kind of look does the piped untempered chocolate produce?
Thanks so much for replying.
As Jayne said, you can make the freshness (and perishableness) of the product a differentiation and selling point. My customers also appreciate that my product is made for flavor and not for shelf life (and many do indicate that they meter them out as daily mini-treats long after the "expiration date.")
The untempered chocolate can look kind of "fluffy" if you pipe it with a decorative tip. I've attached a photo (not great) of a dark chocolate Kahlua truffle with a "dallop of whipped cream" piped decoration, as a rather poor example of this. I use untempered chocolate because it adheres better to the tempered couverture than tempered would (which is more likely to pop off when it contracts as it sets). It is a little soft, but firm enough to stand up to the pressure of a box lid.
All the best,