This is a substantial blog that focusses on household and catering scale, electric dehydrators and dehydration processes. Started in May 2016 the Blog is edited by Linda and is focussed admirably are promoting drying as a part of household nutrition.
The blog has a wealth of information on kitchen scale dehydrators with really good comparative surveys of what’s available. There is a lot of process information available and some information on more general aspects of food preservation. There is, however, little on sun drying and small enterprise scale drying, but you should find more of these by contacting me and searching the site.
Have a look – worthwhile!
Food Waste is the food which is produced but not eaten, because it is either lost or discarded.
Shockingly the meat lost (and the greenhouse gas has still been produced) is equivalent to 75 million cattle a year. This information is that of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation from 2013. Although there may have been some change given the efforts that have been made, I am sure the figures are still substantially as shocking as they were then.
The picture for other products is just as bad – you can click the images to reach the infographic online, where it is more legible.
As it becomes easier and easier to publish information in a credible looking way, I wonder if its for the good or not?
In November 2015 there were lots of stories, many very similar to each other, published on Pixie Dust. Only one that I saw really remarked on the technology and tried to evaluate it, the others seemed to cut and paste what I suppose was a press release. For me it “sounds to good to be true” – you add a small amount of a cheap substance which sterilises the container and its contents in a fail safe process. There is mention of a patent with more patents being developed and Performance Packaging looking for international partners. But what exactly is the patent and how far was the process of finding partners.
Even so the headlines use words like launched, introduced, offers, solution …… leaving readers with the impression it as available. But 6 months later there seems to have been nothing for months and no one has reported on follow up.
I am following up to try and see where this interesting technology is now.
This short article, with a large list of references, is a guide in the John Hopkins University’s Teaching The Food System project.
The short outline is informative and covers in outline many of the factors that lead to the food industry of today, linking these to references provide more in depth information. There are also illustrative slides that accompany the text.
Here is another example of valuable technology information that is available for free from the FAO.
The manual covers meat science, processing, processing equipment, ingredients and formulations in detail with little mention of other business topics such as distribution, marketing and quality. The book is some 400 pages long is well illustrated with drawings and photographs.
My posts on this blog for many years have been written on Apple computers and tablets. I am very much an admirer of Apple and its minimalist approach to design of both hardware and applications. They introduced the clean, light and almost austere look to computer screens which has since become a kind of standard part of succesful user interfaces. So I was struck by the new site of Alfa Laval.
To me its really beautiful and very Apple like. However at the same time it has some really good content which I am likely to share in future posts. For example this flowchart of a milk pasteuriser
This flowcharts are interactive linking to father information about the equipment including specifications, diagrams and even animation videos.
As usual I need to note that this information is linked to the equipment of Alfa Laval, which I am not passing any judgement on oe recommending. I do, however, believe that the value of clear information like this outweighs the fact it is linked to the supplier
I have for some years been speaking and even publishing on food waste. Its not only what gets dumped that is wasted but the land, inputs, storage and distribution used that is wasted.
France have put the onus on supermaarkets to move to zero food waste by compelling them to use what could become waste food for social projects, animal feed, biofuels or compost.
Food Processing Industry Report – Waste in the food value chain: Issues and opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa
This Australian article shows the state of the art in biogas recovery and consumption.
While biogas has been around and used for centuries, this plant focusses on increasing the sustainability by controlling the anaerobic digesting more efficiently and managing the gas storage and consumption.
The “Green Energy Orb” is just a methane storage tank, but then greenwashing is allowed!
click the image to view the paper