Frequently Asked Questions

Return To List  Where can I buy Colgin's Liquid Smoke, Marinades or Worcestershire Sauce?

Colgin is an internationally recognized company and our products are found all over the globe. In the U.S. you can find our products in most grocery stores around the country, you can find Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke in the condiment section, usually near the BBQ Sauces and Ketchup. If your local grocer doesn't stock the Original Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke, and is stocking one of the pretender brands, tell him he needs to stock Colgin's, the best selling liquid smoke brand in the United States.


Return To List  What are the ingredients in Colgin's Natural Liquid Smoke products?

ingredients
Water, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses and Carmel Color.

Water, Natural Mesquite Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses and Carmel Color.

Water, Natural Pecan Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses and Carmel Color.

Water, Natural Apple Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses and Carmel Color.


Return To List  What are the facts behind liquid smoke?

Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke is an all-natural product with no additives or preservatives. It is manufactured using a safe, water-based process, in which unwanted byproducts are removed. Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke contains no measurable caloric content (0 calories!) per 4.5g serving. A little liquid smoke goes a long way in livening up taste, so start off with about one teaspoon per serving in your favorite recipe and then add more from there to taste.

Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke contains: Water, Natural Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Molasses, Caramel Color and Salt.

Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke contains no measurable fat content (0 mg fat!), 10mg sodium (Hickory & Apple) or 0 mg sodium (Mesquite & Pecan), and is not a significant source of calories from cholesterol, sugar, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and Iron.

We all know that smoking food products adds flavor and color to them. But liquid smoke, which is generated from hardwood sawdust, also has antioxidative and antimicrobial properties as well. It's possible to add liquid smoke to meat products to improve their safety and shelf life.

Liquid smoke's functionality in meats is mostly the result of acetic, propionic and other organic acids that lower pH and destroy the walls of bacteria cells. The phenolic compounds in the smoke are well-known bactericides. In one of the university studies, researchers added liquid smoke to pathogenic bacteria in petri dishes, which inhibited microbial growth. The smoke also works well against Salmonella, Listeria and different spoilage organisms.

Because liquid smoke also functions as an antioxidant, it prevents warmed-over flavor (WOF) in products. WOF, common in cooked meat that is not consumed immediately, is caused by lipid oxidation reactions. Sensory and analytical studies indicated that the smoke eliminated WOF in ground beef patties.

If you miss the smoked taste of certain foods that you used to prepare by open grill smoking, you can feel comfortable using liquid smoke on meats, in marinades, soups, sprinkled on fish, and so on.


Return To List  How can I use liquid smoke to prevent spoilage?

As you're well aware, smoking products adds flavor and color to them. But liquid smoke, which is generated from hardwood sawdust, also has antioxidative and antimicrobial properties as well. It's possible to add liquid smoke to meat products to improve their safety and shelf life. A variety of studies conducted at Kansas State University (Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Manhattan, KS) have shown that liquid smoke eliminates E. coli 015 7:H7 and other pathogens.

Liquid smoke's functionality in meats is mostly the result of acetic, propionic and other organic acids that lower pH and destroy the walls of bacteria cells. The phenolic compounds in the smoke are well-known bactericides. In one of the university studies, researchers added liquid smoke to pathogenic bacteria in petri dishes, which inhibited microbial growth. The smoke also works well against Salmonella, Listeria and different spoilage organisms.

In other university experiments, scientists inoculated beef tissues and trimmings as well as ground beef with E. coli 0157:H7 and added various amounts of liquid smoke to the samples. The smoke reduced the amount of the bacteria on the surface of the meats. It appears that you can sterilize large meat trimmings by washing them with liquid smoke.

Because liquid smoke also functions as an antioxidant, it prevents warmed-over flavor (WOF) in products. WOF, common in cooked meat that is not consumed immediately, is caused by lipid oxidation reactions. Sensory and analytical studies indicated that the smoke eliminated WOF in ground beef patties. Researchers determined that levels of 0.5% to 1% liquid smoke were acceptable usage levels in these applications.

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Return To List  How is liquid smoke made?


Colgin Liquid Smoke is not a chemical or synthetic flavor - but genuine wood smoke "liquefied." The wood is placed in large retorts (1) where intense heat is applied, causing the wood to smolder (not burn). (2)

THIS IS THE OLD TIME tedious method of barbecuing, which Colgin Liquid Smoke makes unnecessary.

Have you ever seen meat smoked in the old-fashioned way, in a smoke house? If so, you saw drops of dark brown liquid forming on the meat. That was smoke that had condensed into liquid form, just as moisture in the air condenses on the windshield of your car and "fogs it up." This condensed or "liquid" smoke is the best food flavoring.

Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke is produced by burning fresh cut hickory, mesquite, apple, and pecan wood chips at extremely high temperatures and moisture levels. There's nothing "synthetic" about it – it's not made from chemicals. It is made by placing high grade smoking woods in sealed retorts (1), where intense heat makes the wood smolder (not burn) (2), releasing the gases seen in ordinary smoke.

These gases are quickly chilled in condensers (3), which liquefies the smoke; it is then forced through seven refining vats (5 - 11) and a large filter (12), to remove impurities. Finally, the liquid is received into large oak barrels (14) which will age the liquid smoke for mellowness.

While the equipment is modern, computer-controlled and state-of-the-art, the process is the same as when S.E. Colgin first patented it in the early part of the 20th Century.

Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke is an all natural product with no additives or preservatives. It will enhance the flavor of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, sauces, gravies . . . anything that would taste better with a real smoke flavor and aroma.

Use Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke in your favorite gourmet recipes. Try some of our recipes HERE.

Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke saves time and money! It is a quick, low-cost, healthy alternative to using a smoker and NOW you may have "Smoke Flavor" the convenient way - comes in a bottle with shaker top. Good - wherever smoke flavor is desired. Just dash or brush on Meats, Fish, Fowl or Chops before cooking.


Return To List  Does Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke need to be refrigerated?

No, after opening it is not necessary to refrigerate Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke. Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke has a low pH level of about pH 2.95, and many beneficial Antimicrobial properties. See an article here which discusses Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke's Antimicrobial and Antioxidative properties.


Return To List  What is the shelf life of Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke?

We guarantee Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke's freshness and flavor intensity for two years. However, because of Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke's low pH and antimicrobial properties, it is often safe and delicious for twice that long.


Return To List  How do you use Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke?

Let me count the ways. There are almost as many ways to use Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke as there are recipes. We have posted a database of recipes. Anywhere you want smoke flavor, you can use liquid smoke. You can use liquid smoke as a marinade before cooking, during the cooking process, or after cooking. Try Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke with your favorite Gourmet Recipes. Remember, use just a little at first and add to taste. Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke has powerful flavor.


Return To List  Does Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke contain MSG?

No, Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke does not contain MSG.


Return To List  Does Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke contain any animal byproducts?

No, Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke does not contain Animal Byproducts.


Return To List  Is Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke Gluten free?

Yes, Colgin Natural Liquid Smoke is Gluten Free.