Juice From Cocoa Bean Pulp…

I think the idea is unique and interesting. A new use for cacao. It could be a hit as people might find it interesting. Or maybe not. There are too many availabe juice variants on grocery shelves.

Cacao pod is similar to santol at some point. The seeds are covered with juicy delicious mucilage. People often suck them for enjoyment. They are juicy but not sufficient to be a good source of juice for drinking. On the other hand, with few tweaks, like adding enough water and application of heat, it could be a nice source.

The method I said is fine for santol, in which the seeds are of no use. On the other hand, the most sought part of cacao are the beans. They are processed to delicios chocolate. Currently, the demand for cacao beans is so huge that farmers can’t supply it.

Now if we truly extract cacao pulp with heat and water, we are depriving it to undergo proper fermentation. We have juice in the end, but the remaining beans are no longer within the standard.

There is another method to extract juice. That is allowing cacao to ferment properly and collect the drippings. Traditional wooden boxes can be replaced with food grade plastic container or stainless steel. Installation of faucet may faciliate collection. Depending on time, the product could either be wine or vinegar.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

How to Make Juice Concentrate – Cold Process

Its a juice concentration process that I never used or seen before. It defies my previous knowledge in which concentration procedure involves the boiling of liquid to evaporate water off. A method popular at home level up to big industries. I only use it occasionally as I am not a fan. The heat degrades many valuable nutrients.

This other process involves the reverse. Instead of heating, the juice is frozen. It kinda have a preservation effect on nutrients and flavors.

The procedure below is what I used for a client. She wanted concentrated juice out of her harvested dalandan oranges. Something that she easily do in home and at the same time, if possible, preserve nutrients.

1) Extract the juice by whatever method appropriate and convenient. Take care not to break any seed. Broken seeds imparts bitter taste. There are ways to remove this nasty flavor in case, but prevention is better and much much cheaper.

2) Transfer juice to ice bags. Place inside freezer until completely frozen.

frozen juice in pp bags

3. Remove frozen juice pp bags. Place on strainer over a clean container. Allow it to melt slowly at room temperature. Do not use fan or additional heat. Too fast ice melting is not desirable.

4) Start collecting melted juice after 15 minutes and repeat every 15 minutes. Stop  when ice is faded and the dripping juice is lighter.

melting the frozen juice

In the process. Juice particles melts faster than water. The procedure maybe repeated several times if a more concentrated product is desired.

Store the darker colored juice for later use. Use the lighter ones as soon as possible.

The process never uses heat and preservative. Store it inside refrigerator.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Pure and Natural Juice of Big Bignay

Apparently the biggest bignay I have ever seen. I think it is two times more bigger than normal bignay. It is located beside junk shop near the vicinity of Buna Cerca, Indang Cavite.

bignay treeEach bunch is about 13 cm long and 3 cm wide. Each fruit is about one cm in diameter. Color ranging from light yellow green, to light red, to red and dark red.

bignay berry bunchesThe four bunches I got have a total of 212 seeds.  A berry contains one up to 12 drops of juice. The pressed berry looks like a ripe coffee pulp and the seed resembles a narra fruit.

pressed bignay berry and seedIt smells like black ants. Black harmless ants are roaming all over gathering berries sap. The reddish tree is obviously a plentiful source of food, for ants but not for humans.

The juice taste very sour with a typical grassy taste. I never thought ants love sour foods too. Dilution and addition of sugar will surely improved its taste.

bignay juice in glassAfter macerating all the berries thoroughly on strainer, I got about two cm thick juice in common drinking glass. A light brown and very sour juice. More juice could be extracted if it was pressed in cheese cloth instead. Even more extract if boiled with water.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The Samsung Red Ginseng/Pomegranate

Is this a product of a popular gadget maker, Samsung? It has the Samsung logo on the upper right corner. The circle shape and color, the spelling and font type are indeed similar to Samsung logo.

samsung red ginseng pomengrate front

Maybe this product is just advertising Samsung brand. Just maybe, cause I can’t understand most fonts. Why would they venture to food manufacturing business?

It is a juice. My sister who gave me said so. Or an energy drink. Evident by words “red ginseng/pomegranate”.

It contains 70ml liquid giving 35 kilo calories.  The engraved numbers on top was sure an expiry date. Cannot understand which month in 2012 though.

The package is made of code 7 plastic, the catch all category. Made from recycled materials but mostly polycarbonates or ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene- mixture of styrene, acrylonitrile and polybutadiene). The polycarbonate types has health issues due to bisphenol-A content. Code 7 or the “other” category is not generally recommended for food purposes due to its varying composition. It may have unknown effects on certain food types.


update as of June 19, 2016:

Low level BPA exposure is safe according to FDA. See “FDA Approved Number 7 Juice Bottle ?”


I googled and  found the company, Samsung World Pharm Co Ltd which produces the red ginseng gold. A commercial product intended for nutrition and vigor recovery. I found no product similar to this one.

samsung red ginseng pomengrate back

I’m quite confused I know Samsung excel in electronic equipment manufacture. I trust their mobile phones, monitors and other visual components. But not sure about foods and supplements! I think I need to do more digging.

I have never opened and tasted the product yet. Wish someone could tell me what the back label is saying. It might be preparation instruction, warning or contraindication. Who knows?

 

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Artificial Juice Label Should Not Have Real Fruit Pictures

A product label should be as beautiful as possible to attract more buyers. It should also represent its contents and should not be misleading. For juices, the most convincing is to include a beautiful professionally shot fruit pictures but it is not always appropriate.

Notice the juice pouch below. The label uses a sketch drawing to represent the orange flavor. Take note that the juice is “orange flavor drink” and not “orange juice”. The two terms are entirely different, the first is artificial while the latter is natural.

When I attended “Seminar on Food Packaging and Labeling”. The resource speaker told us that the artificially flavored juice drink should have fruit sketches / drawing on its label. Such product should not imprint real orange picture on label or it will result in a misleading conception.

Artificially flavored juice drink with real fruit picture is misleading. Most consumers will think that the juice content is made of real orange juice. So fruit pictures should be used only on real orange juice.

oranges sketch on juice drink

What about the corned beef. Some processors use carabeef as the main ingredients. They must label their corned products as “Corned Carabeef”. Out of topic eh! Carabeef is cheaper the beef.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.