Glass is an excellent material for storing food and beverages. It is recyclable, looks great, and there are thousands of different styles for you to choose from, so you can easily get the packaging products you need. It is also reusable, which makes it an excellent choice for many home food manufacturers, as well as large and small businesses. However, whether you are reusing the bottle or using a new bottle, it is always recommended to sterilize the container before filling it with beer, wine, jam or any other food. Yes, even brand new glass bottles and jars should be sterilized before use. Since we are experts in all aspects of glass, we have compiled this guide to show you how to sterilize glass bottles.
Why do I need to sterilize my glass Food Packaging Bottle ?
First thing: You may have heard that sterilizing glass bottles is important, but you may not know why. Sterilization ensures that your products are clean enough to keep food fresh for as long as possible. If you do not sterilize the bottle, bacteria can easily enter the corners and crevices of the glassware and quickly damage your product.
How does the sterilization process work?
There are two main options for sterilizing glass bottles: heating or washing dishes.
When you use heat to sterilize a glass bottle, the temperature reached will eventually kill all harmful bacteria in the bottle. Please note-if you use this method, you will need oven gloves and a heat-resistant container. You also need to check whether your bottle can withstand high temperatures without cracking or shattering-not all glass is the same in this regard.
If you have a dishwasher with a high temperature setting, you can also use it to sterilize your baby bottles. This is easier than heating in an oven-just set the rinse cycle to run and use the bottle after the cycle is complete. However, not everyone has a dishwasher-even if you have a dishwasher, even a large amount of water is used in a rinse cycle, so it is not the most environmentally friendly disinfection option.
How to sterilize glass bottles
Before you start, make sure that your bottle can withstand temperatures up to 160 degrees Celsius.
First scrub the bottle with soap and water to start any of these processes.
In the oven
Heat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the bottle on the tray.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and fill up as quickly as possible.
In the dishwasher
Put your bottle separately in the dishwasher (do not use used dishes).
Set the dishwasher to the hot rinse cycle.
Wait for the loop to complete.
Take the bottle out of the dishwasher and fill it up as soon as possible.
You can also use one of these methods to sterilize glass jars and bottle caps or lids. If your lids are made of plastic, don't put them in the oven unless you know they are oven-safe. If your lids need another method, you can boil them in water for 15 minutes.
When your bottles are sterilized, it is important to fill and seal them as quickly as possible to avoid any bacteria re-entering the bottles after the process is complete. However, safety always comes first! Make sure to use oven gloves when handling bottles and lids, and keep children and pets away from the kitchen until your bottles are securely sealed.