Getting Started: Using Sunsweet Ingredients in Baking

December 11, 2019

Rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, prunes have long been associated with health and wellness. When used as an ingredient in baking, prunes can also sweeten with less sugar, reduce fat and calories, replace artificial caramel coloring, and retain moisture. More good news: all Sunsweet Ingredients are made with prunes. Primary Functions of Prunes in Baking […]

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Getting Started: Using Sunsweet Ingredients in Meat and Poultry Product Development

December 6, 2019

The following is a breakdown on how to use Sunsweet Ingredients in whole muscle, sausages, and ground meat applications to improve moisture and texture. Whole Muscle The key ingredient for whole muscle marinades is Fresh Plum Concentrate, which dissolves easily into water. It can be added directly to a vacuum tumbler or injected. Master Formula […]

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Adding Moisture to Meat

November 19, 2019

Enhanced meat and poultry products are fresh, whole-muscle cuts injected with a solution of water and other ingredients, namely salt and phosphates. The purpose of injecting the meat is to lock in moisture and improve taste and texture, and salt and phosphates have long been proven to work. Yet today there are clean-label solutions for […]

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Prunes and Bone Health

May 30, 2019

Beyond digestive health, one of the most compelling reasons to eat prunes is to increase bone density and stave off bone loss. How Bone Loss Happens Our bones are in a constant stage formation and breakdown called remodeling. This goes on throughout our lives, even after we’re stopped growing. Each remodeling begins with bone reabsorption, […]

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Prunes and Digestive Health

When it comes to health and digestion, prunes are known as a natural solution to constipation. While their laxative quality is not the only reason to eat prunes, it is one of the most important: About 14% of the global population suffers from chronic constipation. (source) In the U.K., the amount of money spent on […]

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Suppressing Warmed-Over Flavor

May 25, 2019

Lipid oxidation is a big concern for meat and poultry processors. When the fat in meat oxidizes, it creates “warmed-over flavor,” imparting an unappetizing wet-cardboard taste on meat or poultry. Exposure to air and light are the main causes of lipid oxidation, but iron and salt can trigger it as well. While lipid oxidation can […]

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Sunsweet Prunes: Unique in Nature

May 24, 2019

Propagated since ancient times, prune plums have been cherished for centuries for their sweet-tart flavor and functional properties. Always GMO-Free While all prunes are plums, not all plums can be prunes. Sunsweet prunes are the d’Agen variety, a non-GMO stone fruit that originated in France. Cuttings were brought to the California Bay Area by Louis […]

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Advantages of Prunes in Meat and Poultry Products

Sunsweet Ingredients leverage the rich flavor and texture of prunes to improve the taste and appearance of meat and poultry. Here’s a few examples: Dried Plum Powder enhances caramelization. It’s best when mixed into ground meat products or when used as a rub in whole-muscle products. Dried Plum Puree draws out flavor and enhances caramelization […]

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How Sunsweet Ingredients Work in Meat and Poultry Moisture Binding

One of the most prevalent issues for protein processors is moisture loss. Meat lacking in moisture tastes inferior. Less moisture also means lower yields. For this reason, companies are always looking for moisture binding solutions in meat and poultry. Phosphates: The Conventional Solution Phosphates have long been the answer. When muscle converts to meat after […]

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Prune Juice Concentrate: A Natural Sweetener for Baking

May 22, 2019

This past May, published a story about how food companies can use natural sweeteners to not only add sweetness but also drive down total sugar quantities. One of the examples provided was prune juice concentrate: “Prune juice concentrate can replace brown sugar or molasses without adding to total sugar because some of the sweetness […]

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Fruit Concentrates Leverage Fruit’s Goodness

February 8, 2019

Fruit concentrates make it easier to use fruit in food and beverage applications, writes Jeff Gelski of Food Business News. “Yet when adding fruit ingredients to items like beverages and baked foods, it is important to not lose nutrients in the process,” Gelski writes. Fortunately, when it comes to Sunsweet’s fruit concentrates, we retain the […]

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Nigella Lawson’s Bacon-Wrapped Prunes for Holiday Entertaining

December 13, 2018

In this article, The Guardian rounds up the 20 best Christmas party entertaining recipes. Soak pitted prunes in Armagnac, wrap them in pancetta, and you have British celebrity food writer Nigella Lawson’s modern answer to the classic devils on horseback appetizer. On a board, spread out a rasher of bacon and cut in half horizontally […]

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