What benefits you get from using OctoFrost's food processing equipment for chilling
For optimal results and high standards of food safety, a performant food processing equipment must be used.
Chilling is done to rapidly halt the blanching or cooking process and to prevent excessive moisture loss, which would translate into a lower yield. This process will also chill the product to the lowest possible temperature before freezing since it is much cheaper for producers to drop the temperature in the chiller rather than in the freezer.
Chilling will also enable producers to get a rapid crust freezing, which limits dehydration and allows to obtain a high-quality product. However, for optimal results and high standards of food safety, a performant food processing equipment must be used, and the water needs to be kept under the temperature of 6 degrees Celsius.
Here are the main benefits a technologically advanced food processing equipment for chilling brings to customers:
1. High product quality and high yield
The OctoFrostTM IF Chiller is a food processing equipment that allows producers to obtain a high-quality final product, with a core temperature of 5 degrees Celsius or less and with its natural moisture and flavor kept intact. Immediately after blanching or cooking, the product will fall gently into the ice water, halting the processes mentioned above and ensuring a high yield.
2. Food safety
Food safety is the number one priority for frozen food processors all over the world and the OctoFrostTM IF Chiller is a food processing equipment that meets and even exceeds all international regulations regarding this subject. All parts of the chiller can be thoroughly cleaned by the CIP system (Cleaning in Place).
Furthermore, all piping, Aisi 316 stainless steel, is backing gas welded, this method ensuring the highest possible standard of hygiene. Actually, the entire system, including the Plate Heat Exchanger (PHE) and the filter, will remain below the critical temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, in order to guarantee food safety. This means that the OctoFrostTM IF Chiller can run non-stop until the end of the production day, without the need to change the water.
3. Energy efficiency
This patented rain shower system inside this food processing equipment enables producers to obtain the quickest transfer of heat, due to the fact that heat transfer is faster with water than with forced air or traditional counter-flow water chillers.
The PHE efficiently chills the water inside the machinery to 1 degree Celsius, while after each filtered cycle the temperature difference is less than 3 degrees Celsius, therefore requiring minimal energy in order to rechill the water. This considerably reduces the energy consumption inside the chiller.
Last but not least, water consumption is caused only by the water pick up on the product, which normally ranges between 5% and 10% of the production capacity. For example, for a production of 500 kilograms per hour, the water consumption would only amount 35 liters. Due to the very performant recirculation system of this food processing equipment, it uses up to 90% less water than other chillers.
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