In the industrial food industry, microwave technologies are the most commonly used applications. As in other industries, the biggest benefits of microwaves are speed, even heat distribution and significant energy savings.
Microwaves are a fast, economical and hygienic way to quickly defrost food for further use. A relatively compact equipment can defrost a few tons of product per hour. Thanks to the rapid frosting, the product retains more weight and, at the same time, does not risk the development of pathogens.
Because microwaves penetrate the entire structure of the material, they can heat it faster than conventional technologies. This makes it possible to significantly reduce the total cooking time and, in some cases, even reduce energy consumption. A whole range of foods can be pre-cooked, and in some cases even fully cooked, from potatoes to pastries and to meat.
Some foods, such as nuts, dried fruits, or spices, often need to be sterilized. Microwave sterilization, thanks to its rapid rise to the required temperature, preserves maximum nutrients in the material, has minimal effect on texture and colour, and in many cases enhances flavour.
With the help of microwaves, roasting can be done without the presence of a heat transfer medium, so that the energy is distributed directly into the product. There is no need to heat the oil or air. Microwave roasting is fast and will enhance the taste of the food in most applications.
Some crops have a tendency to become bitter over time and therefore need to be stabilised to prolong their shelf life. The microwave method of this process is unique in the world and is characterized by its speed, simplicity of deployment and enhanced flavour of the stabilized product. This is most commonly used to stabilize poppies.
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The great advantage of microwave drying is its significant speed. Our technology is mainly used in food processing plants with high added value, or when other drying methods are difficult or even impossible.
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