AJAR.id – Hello Ajarian! Cold desserts will need to be stored in a controlled environment. Storing desserts at appropriate temperatures and conditions is essential to maintain quality, freshness and customer appeal.
Different kind of desserts requires different treatment when it comes to storing.
1. Dairy-based desserts
Product with ingredients such as milk, eggs, and cream will need to be stored in a controlled environment:
- 4°C or less for fresh
- -18°C for frozen.
Fresh desserts that are made with fresh cream held in suspension with setting agents such as gelatin, agar and alginate thickeners will have a shelf life of approximately 3 days if kept protected from the environment. This product needs to be covered when placed into the cool room. The surface will develop a skin if left uncovered. Dairy based desserts that are frozen will keep for several months in a controlled environment.
2. Fruit and pastry based desserts
Fruit and pastry based desserts such as apple pies and apple strudels do not contain dairy products but still need to be kept chilled for food safety reasons. The pastry will start to soften when kept in cool room. The drier the environment the better the pastry will keep. These can be wrapped securely which will minimize possibility of them being damaged.
3. Baked pastry
Pastry that has been baked ready for filling can be stored at room temperature until required if protected from adverse conditions and outside contamination, such as pastry discs, shortbread discs and shells
These do not need to be chilled. They just need to be placed into food-grade secure containers.
4. Non-dairy dessert items
Some items do not need to be chilled when being stored. Pastry products and garnishes only need to be kept in secure environment, then wrapped in food-safe containers and labeled.
Sugar based garnishes need to be stored in a food-safe container and well wrapped, this is to stop moisture from the air causing product to soften.
Glacé fruits can be stored at room temperature if kept in syrup with which they were purchased. They will start to dehydrate and loss sheen.
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Written by: Alan Hickman, Garry Blackburn
Subject Matter: Prepare hot, cold and frozen dessert