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Small Scale Popcorn Equipment

Here is a business that can be set up with quality equipment at an affordable cost.

This is a manual oil kettle based popping plant which can produce 55 kg/h from the two poppers. More poppers can be combined with a larger sifting and cooling table. Poppers can also be combined in automated units.

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New Milk Processing Technology For Rural Small Scale Farmers

Small scale farmers in rural areas with a a few cows can easily produce more milk than their family consumes, opening the opportunity to earn income by selling milk. However climate, lack of reliable energy and long distances make this an unreliable business. Introducing standard fresh milk handling technology does not work because of the [...]

Heat Excahangers – Free Online Information

In a previous post I said that equipment suppliers often supply useful technological information which is not necessarily tied to their equipment.

If you are looking for technical information on heat exchangers for the food industry here is a good place.

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This gives you access to an impressive 15 [...]

A Comprehensive Solar Drying Manual – Free Online Information

I happened onto this manual just now and it got me to thinking about solar drying again.

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The document was prepared as a training manual for a Zimbabwian project funded by the Austrian Embassy titled Establishment of a production, sales and consulting infrastructure for solar thermal [...]

Cane Sugar Processing – Process Description

If you are like me you enjoy getting a simple understanding of a food process/technology, even if you are never likely to use it!

from: EFWE (click image for full story online)

This is the case with this masters thesis, which presents a nice simple (two different levels of detail) explanation of the sugar [...]

Explaining Technology by Analogy.

This interesting diagram from emphasizes the fact that the Tetrapak cartons are separated under the liquid a key point of the aseptic packaging technology.

photo by Tetrapak – usable under Creative Commons license

The more modern version is maybe not as explicit but much more appealing. This is a technologyand a presentation thereof [...]

Freeze Concentration - Equipment Series

A while back I wrote about pressure processing which was driven by the “fresher flavour” of juice that is not heated. Freeze concentration is driven by the same quality concerns and is an alternative to concentration by boiling off water. 

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This article from the Institute of Food Technologists [...]

Cleaning Process Vessels in Place – Free Online Information

The cleaning of tanks and other process vessels is a large part of the effort required to ensure a quality product. As well as the food safety considerations products with uncontrolled microbial load will be inconsistent in quality and quicker to spoil.

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This website provides useful information [...]

Milk Pateurisation – Free Online Technical Informatin

This simple 9 page website discusses and explains the process of pateurisation, the equipment used and the need for the pasteurisation of milk.

from: University of Guelph (click image for full story online)

The paper first defines the need for pasteurisation as being to protect public health and to manage the selflife of dairy [...]

Falling Film Evaporator – Equipment Series

click image to visit GEA Process Engineering site 

In falling film evaporators the liquid product (A) usually enters the evaporator at the head (1) of the evaporator. In the head the product is evenly distributed into the heating tubes. A thin film enters the heating tube are it flows downwards at boiling temperature and [...]