Why use the OctoFrost food processing machinery for freezing onions?
Onions are generally sold in supermarkets in frozen, canned, chopped, dehydrated, caramelized, pickled or powdered forms and the demand for processed onions is rapidly increasing. Today, the biggest onion producers worldwide are China, the United States, India, and Egypt. However, freezing this vegetable brings processors a few challenges, therefore they must use a performant food processing machinery in order to obtain a high-quality final product, that will satisfy customers and can be sold at a premium price.
Besides a state of the art food processing machinery, IQF onion producers need to take into consideration two crucial aspects:
1. The right pre-treatment
After you peel and dice onions, it is indicated to cool them to a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. In order to guarantee an optimal separation and spreading inside the food processing machinery, processors should use a shaker in the infeed arrangement. By following these simple, but crucial steps, you could increase your hourly production of onions from 3.5 tons to around 4 to 4.5 tons. Normally, a higher yield means more profit for your business.
2. Overcoming the challenges during freezing
Onions are generally considered a very difficult product to freeze and unless you use an optimal food processing machinery such as the OctoFrostTM, you will obtain a bad quality frozen result. The OctoFrostTM IQF tunnel freezer is an innovative equipment, with technical features that make it better than all other technologies on the market.
Furthermore, the perforated bedplates and the adjustable fans speed, combined with the unique design of this food processing machinery, guarantee optimal aerodynamics. This way, onions are crust frozen without any lump formation or overblow into the coil area. Through this process, the product behaves as a liquid, which is why you can be sure that the OctoFrostTM creates a true fluidization inside the freezing zone.
In conclusion, the OctoFrostTM IQF tunnel freezer is the most suitable food processing machinery on the market today for difficult, delicate, and sensitive products such as onions. By using this equipment, you will obtain a high-quality final product, with all the qualities of its fresh counterpart kept intact, from its shape and aspect to its taste and nutrients.
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