The Manual on Home-based Fruit and Vegetable Processing – Free Online Information

This is probably the best technical information I have seen aimed at the training of small scale vegetable and fruit processors. The first book covers the principles of post-harvest handling, storage and processing of fruits and vegetables while the second provides recipes and guidance to put these principles into practice.

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The books We’re developed for trainers working with household processors in Afghanistan, but the information is so comprehensive that it will be useful for a range of users including the new small scale food processing enterprise.

The first book of 85 pages covers the following in detail, using a clear and simple style supported by many photographs and drawings.

INTRODUCTION 

WHY DO WE NEED TO PROCESS FRUIT AND VEGETABLES? 

POST-HARVEST HANDLING AND STORAGE

PROCESSING: INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL PRINCIPLES 

  • Principles of food preservation 
  • Overview of fruit and vegetable processing techniques
  • Summary of small-scale fruit and vegetable processing techniques
  • Processing pre-treatments for fruit and vegetables 
  • Description of processing methods for fruit and vegetables  

POST PROCESSING PACKAGING AND STORAGE

HYGIENE AND SAFETY

The second book of around 90 pages covers the detail of producing a whole range of products as listed below from the table of contents:

DRYING

  • Processing outline for dried fruit and vegetable
  • Dried tomato 
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried onions
  • Dried apples

JAM-MAKING 

  • Processing outline for Jam and Jelly 
  • Fruit jam or jelly – process details and quality 
  • Apricot jam
  • Carrot and lemon jam
  • Cherry jam
  • Mulberry jam
  • Apple jam
  • Apple jelly

SAUCES AND CHUTNEYS

  • Processing outline for sauce and chutney
  • Sauce and chutney – process details and quality assurance
  • Italian style tomato sauce
  • Italian style tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce or ketchup
  • Tomato puree or simple concentrate
  • Tomato concentrate (non-cook method) 
  • Coriander chutney (chatni gashnizeh)
  • Vegetable chutney
  • Tomato chutney (Chatni Badenjani Romi)
  • Chili chutney (Chatni Morchi Sorkh/Sabz )

PICKLES

  • Processing outline for lactic acid fermented pickles (atchar)
  • Fermented pickles – process details and quality assurance
  • Pickled cucumbers
  • Mixed pickles
  • Pumpkin pickle 

VINEGAR

  • Process outline for fruit and vinegar
  • Fruit vinegar – quality assurance and processing notes
  • Tomato vinegar
  • Mulberry vinegar

If you have any interest in processing vegetables and fruit, these books are really highly recommended.

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