Hi all! Anyone with a Food science/technology background can assist me with this?
So I have been recently hired at a company that repacks corn husks (made for tamales). We buy these husks in bulk (upon receiving we check humidity). We then repack them in stacks. now they are stored in the warehouse which is about 75F. Today we saw two pallets of husks full of mold. They should last around 6 months in good quality. Now the company has set a standard of humidity being in the range of 12-24%. Now from my Food science knowledge, some molds are able to grow in low moisture, AND most molds are mesophilic (grow in temp range of 60-86F). Can anyone suggest to me how can we work on extending the shelf life? Solving this issue or minimizing it? I would assume cold store them, but I dont want this to affect their quality. I dont have much knowledge with corn husks, I am not really Hispanic/Latino :) Thanks!