Additive 58 / 75 – Shellac It’s hard to wrap your head around…

Additive 58 / 75 – Shellac

It’s hard to wrap your head around the idea that shellac is what it is, mainly because its nonfood uses and its source are so improbable. For years, before vinyl was introduced in the 1940s, records were made of it, and it is best known as a varnish for wood furniture, floors, and fine stringed instruments. Made from insect excretions, shellac is full of surprises. It is a great sealant that keeps foods fresh; it keeps moisture in or out, often replacing the natural wax that is found on apples that may have been removed by washing. Shellac is also used on vegetables, chocolates, baked goods, and even coffee beans and chewing gum. It is edible, but it is used in very thin films so there is no taste or waste.

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