Seeking help in processing aloe vera gel for long-term use

shllnzl Posts: 1,810 ✭✭✭✭✭

The plant-aholic and decluttering threads encouraged me to ask for help with excess aloe vera plants.

I need to learn to discard baby plants that I cannot use. I have three large planters outside with aloe and they are not cold hardy enough for this climate. I also confess to having six small aloe vera potted plants inside the house.

I gave away all the plant pups I could (now I had a sudden mental image of a litter of dog pups needing adoption!!).

My inside plants are available fresh for first aid needs. I would like to process the rest for maybe salve or even edible uses.

Does anyone know how to preserve aloe vera gel in any form? Your help would be appreciated.


  • Jaylene
    Jaylene Posts: 53 ✭✭✭

    After you cut a leaf off let the yellowish sap drain off, cut the skin off of one side and scoop out the pulp. Then you can put it in a blender for a smoother mixture and then add citric acid to help preserve it ( about 1/4 t per 1/2 cup) if you want to use it within 2-3 days store in the refrigerator otherwise you can freeze it. I find it helpful to put in ice cube trays, freeze it and then bag it. Hope this helps😊

  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have filleted the leaves and then dehydrated the filets. It is a-mazing how much it shrinks down and how much aloe you can get into a jar that can then sit on the shelf. I have had some on the shelf for two years now.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,131 ✭✭✭✭

    Never even considered dehydrating Aloe since it is such a wet plant!

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,810 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Jaylene @monica197 Thanks for the great info. I think I will try both methods.

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 951 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I do the same thing @monica197 does.

    It's just easier to store dehydrated. Then I can throw a little in my bitters when I make them, and they don't dilute the alcohol.

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 980 ✭✭✭✭

    I also process in a blender then freeze in ice cube trays to use in smoothies and other edible. I haven't dehydrated any yet but was planning on turning it into a powder and using in body care products I make. I've seen aloe vera powder online but it's really expensive so I'm hoping once dehydrated it will be easy to powder.