TREHA®︎ comes in a crystalline form and looks almost exactly like table sugar (sucrose), which is also a naturally occurring disaccharide (or “double sugar”). Like table sugar, TREHA®︎ simply requires ambient storage—store at between 33.8°F/1°C and 86°F/30°C in a dry place out of direct sunlight, do not store with food or any materials with strong odors and do not compress (to prevent conglomeration). TREHA®︎ distributed in the U.S. has a shelf-life of three years, unopened.
You can work with TREHA®︎ like you would with table sugar, but, because it is only 38% as sweet as sucrose, it’s suitable for both sweet and savory recipes.
TREHA®︎ is a non-reducing sugar, so it doesn’t have the Maillard reaction (or “browning reaction”) that occurs between amino acids and reducing sugars in the presence of heat and results the in browning of food, giving browned food its distinctive flavor.
TREHA®︎ is also exceptionally stable to heat and acid as compared to other sugars. It hardly caramelize (another form of “browning reaction”) like many sugars.
Solubility of TREHA®︎ is similar to maltose, which is lower than sucrose.
Though sucrose, and other disaccharides (or “double sugars”), have the ability to retain moisture, TREHA®︎ is the best at retaining moisture among disaccharides. It is because TREHA®︎’s natural geometry of molecules gives it an affinity for water molecules.
TREHA®︎ has the ability to stabilize proteins, protect aromas, flavors and colors, as well as inhibiting starch retrogradation and reducing freeze-thaw damage. By replacing some of the sucrose in sweet recipes with TREHA®︎ you can increase the volume of cake, made with whipped eggs, while baking, give cookies a light crispness and increase the volume and flakiness of baked snacks.
Because it’s not very sweet, TREHA®︎
can be used equally effectively in savory recipes to improve the softness and juiciness of cooked proteins, including chicken, shrimp, pork and beef, and to maintain color and texture in vegetables. These are just a few of the applications for multi-functional TREHA®︎
. Please refer to the Usage Chart
, Cost Savings Chart
and Case Studies
areas of this site for more information and inspiration.