How Spice Drops® are made
The process for manufacturing Spice Drops®:
Most of the spices and herbs are obtained from local farms in India. These farms are monitored by the Spices Board of India, ensuring they adhere to quality regulations. The field officers pay regular visits to our farmers, guiding them on best practice.
The spices are first cold-pressed using rollers – crushing them in a non-heat generating manner ensures that the vibrant flavours are preserved.
The crushed spices are then passed through an extraction vessel where the ethyl acetate (the solvent) is percolated in order to obtain the maximum volume of spice extract.
The extracts are passed through a de-solventiser, where the solvent is removed using vacuum suction so as not to adversely affect the flavours. All that remains at this stage is the highly-concentrated oleoresin (oil + resin).
Based on years of in-house research, we have developed the optimum concentration of Spice Drops®. Accordingly, the oleoresin is mixed with emulsifier polysorbate 80 to yield the final product in the desired ratio suitable for culinary use.
What is Polysorbate 80? Polysorbate 80 consists of natural sorbitol and plant-based oleic acid.
What it does: Currently, the main use of Polysorbate 80 is as an emulsifier or de-foamer in foods, vitamins, medicines, and vaccines.
Why we use it: Polysorbate 80 is extremely versatile, highly-effective, and entirely non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-carcinogenic. It has very little potential to cause human skin irritation, sensitisation, or phototoxicity. It’s listed as an approved ingredient by in The Handbook of Green Chemicals and Whole Foods – (whose standards, developed by a team of scientists over many years, are some of the strictest available).