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Trade Secret Revealed: “Fresh Frozen Aloe”

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To some it might seem strange that we use the term “Fresh Frozen” in our marketing. After all, doesn’t “frozen” imply that it isn’t fresh?

Years ago Rodney Stockton, the “Aloe Pioneer“, discovered the healing potential of Aloe. Stockton studied the various species and varieties of species of the many aloes. But he didn’t stop there; Rodney also studied how the various harvesting times and processing techniques affected the quality of the final aloe product.

Rodney realized 3 very important facts as it pertains to aloe:

  1. A certain variety of Aloe Vera had the highest what he referred to as “medicinal value”. This variety of the Barbadensis Miller Species became known as the “Barbadensis-Miller-Stockton” aloe.
  2. Plants 5 years old had much higher medicinal properties compared to younger plants.
  3. Heating the gel of the aloe diminished the quality.

To distribute aloe without pasteurization required some form of preservation; but contaminating his pristine product with chemical preservatives was not an option. So he tested freezing freshly ground aloe filets. He was quite pleased to find that freezing and thawing the same aloe up to 3 times had little effect on the quality of his Aloe Vera. We do not know if he tested beyond freezing it 3 times.

Rodney coined the phrase “Fresh Frozen Aloe Vera” to refer to aloe vera that was harvested, filleted, ground, bottled, and put in the freezer. This occurs all in the shortest time-frame possible.

Rodney had, indeed, created the best aloe vera to drink. To this day, the product he created is the only commercially available 100% Pure Raw Aloe Vera gel in the United States. You might be able to find raw aloe vera freshly made in juice bars and at green markets. But only Stockton Aloe 1 ships pure raw Aloe Vera anywhere in the United States.

WE RE-DEFINED “FRESH FROZEN”

After Rodney Stockton passed away in 2009, Stockton Aloe 1 was formed to carry on his work. All of his exact procedures were scrutinized for areas of improvement. After a thorough evaluation, it was determined that it was possible to chill the freshly ground aloe vera gel faster by passing it through a “heat transfer” system. The newly installed system uses the latest technology to remove heat ¬†from the aloe prior to going into the freezer.

The way this works is quite simple: Ten pipes are arranged inside a 10 foot long canister. The pipes have U-turns at the ends. The aloe vera is passed through the 100 feet of thin stainless steel pipe. The chamber that contains these pipes is a separate sealed container that gets filled with circulating liquid maintained at the desired cold temperature by a computer controlled chiller. As the aloe passes through the long cold stainless steel pipes, the heat is transferred out of the aloe.

Heat Transfer
This contains 10 stainless steel pipes with iced liquid circulating around them to chill the aloe as it passes through.

Question: How do you clean inside the long stainless steel pipes?
Answer: The end caps are removable to allow for deep cleaning with long pipe cleaners and sanitizer. The end caps are replaced and hot water is passed through to thoroughly rinse the inside of the pipes.

While we recognized that “Fresh Frozen” was the best way to preserve raw aloe, we realized that we could get the aloe frozen in the same day! The heat transfer system gets the fresh aloe vera gel to near freezing immediately prior to going into the freezer. That is, the gel is taken from the temperature of the fields, which might be in the 90’s F to below 50 degrees Fahrenheit in one minute. From there it goes into a freezer container and is transported to South Florida for distribution.

Some might argue that purchasing fresh aloe vera leaves from the grocery store and hand filleting produces a better aloe vera to drink. Find out more about Filleting Aloe Vera.

Something to think about: “What other options are there for preserving aloe vera?

7 thoughts on “Trade Secret Revealed: “Fresh Frozen Aloe”

  1. I have some confusion about the Aloe you specifically sell. I have read that it is the Aloe Arborescens that is more medicinal than the Aloe Barbadensis. From my limited research, the priest Romano Zago used Aloe Arborescens. Says Dr. Aldo Facetti (see Google):
    “As for the medicinal properties as a result of my analysis, I guarantee that Barbadensis, the most widely used by industry for the most amount of gel, has about 25% of the active substance against cancer, while Arborescens owns 70%.”
    Could you please clarify as this is confusing. Is this Miller species different?Has it been analyzed? Thanks!

    1. Both sides can say the same thing… and in both cases it can be true… based on what you feel the medicinal quality is. As an example, if the laxative effect is what you want… we are NOT the medicinal property you want. So you have to ask them what nutrient they are scientifically measuring and for what medicinal property. Water may have more immediate medicinal properties for someone that is severely dehydrated and needs fast hydration. So, if you get the nutrient they are measuring and the the percentage of that nutrient in their aloe vera, you can compare against another and go from there. If they have more of that nutrient, I guarantee they will have less of others. Every plant has it’s own spectrum of nutrients.

  2. I need to boost my immune system because my immune globulin levels after having a left jaw prosthesis implanted and my body has rejected these metals and foreign body reaction has created alot of health problems with my immune system, infections, “gut” problems, etc. I was told about aloe vera and of course knew about it with sunburns because I used to live in Hawaii and grew a huge aloe plant and if I got a sunburn, I used the gel on the burns and my skin and it worked wonders. So, since I have developed some serious health conditions, it it worked well on my skin, it must have some benefits on the inside of my body. I would like to purchase some of your frozen gel from the “meat” of your plants. I was watching “Eat Your Greens” and saw some segments. I wish I could get some of your pups but you seem to be out of them. I’d love to get some of your gel from the “meat” so that I can drink it and make smoothies, etc. Thank you.

  3. Does Aloe vera help facial scars caused by Acne?

    1. Aloe vera promotes healing and is a better prevention of scars. The further away from the skin damage, the less the results you can expect. But one thing is for sure, prevention is far better; and by prevention, I’m not just talking about putting aloe vera on it. Anyone who says diet can’t help eliminate acne might be on serious meds. Those that have acne probably have an unhealthy gut. Eating a healthy live diet that promotes gut health will probably eliminate or seriously diminish acne. If anyone wants to challenge me on this, give me 6 weeks to change a diet and change a life. We can do this merely by avoiding certain foods and emphasizing others. Call us for more information.

      1. Are there any dangers to eating fresh aloe out of my garden ??

        1. I’ll assume your aloe is not contaminated… and is an edible variety… and you know which parts are the edible parts?

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