[Microbiology] Re: Stabilising Aloe vera

Scott Coutts scott.coutts at med.monash.edu.au
Sat Jun 25 19:54:52 EST 2005

Dave wrote:
> Hi
> Thanks for this reply, it does help me to understand what they are talking 
> about.
> If the bottle is sealed would it need to be refrigerated before it was 
> opened? Would the yeast and other bacteria grow while sealed. Or does this 
> mean it would need to be refrigerated and consumed within a few weeks after 
> opening?

If the yeasts are already in the bottle, they will not care that it is 
sealed and they will still grow. Usually when product labels instruct 
you to refrigerate after opening, it is because you are letting bugs 
into the bottle which will then grow. Usually these products are sterile 
or, at least, pateurised (heat treated) before packaging, and they're 
packaged into sterile containers and sealed. Keeping it cold wont do it 
any harm regardless of whether it needs it or not.

Perhaps the best option for you would be to buy an aloe vera plant! 
You'd certainly get it as fresh as you want it. I dont know anything 
about growing them, or how fast they grow, but I certainly know that you 
can do it.


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