Announcements

Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Royal treatment for the 'King of the frozen fruits': the strawberry

The consumption of frozen strawberries on the global market is one of the highest among IQF fruits and IQF berries. With such a big demand, and quite stable figures in terms of volumes sold, it might seem that there is no need for improvement. On the contrary, because of this, the competition gets tougher when it comes to providing high quality products. 



The right pre-treatment
Strawberries are typically considered sensitive products when they are handled mechanically. The usual pre-treatment is washing and dicing or slicing (if desired). A very important factor that can substantially improve the freezing result and thus the quality of the IQF strawberries is the pre-cooling. A colder infeed into the freezer results in better quality and the OctoFrost team recommends processors to aim for 5°C.

One of the challenges while freezing strawberries is to preserve the natural appearance of the product after freezing. This is especially difficult when the strawberries are diced or sliced because the high sugar and water content of the product will make the pieces sticky, increasing the high risk of lump formation.

Overripe strawberries and strawberry pieces should be removed, otherwise the soft juicy jam will spread to the other strawberry pieces and create blocks and lumps.

The right freezing equipment
"It is really important to choose the right freezing equipment when individually quick freezing strawberries. One of the major features that needs to be considered is the type of belt used to carry the product inside the freezer during the entire freezing process. IQF freezers with a metal mesh belt will most likely leave belt marks and burns on the product, thus affecting the quality of the end IQF strawberry. 

"The OctoFrost IQF tunnel freezer's perforated bed plates play an important role in preventing belt marks and burns on the surface of the IQF strawberries. The OctoFrost bed plates are built from food grade plastic and the strawberries are in a gentle continuous movement without sticking to the bed," said Salina.

"It is of course exciting that the IQF strawberry market is growing, but we shouldn’t forget that the consumer’s expectations are growing as well, at an equally high rate. Therefore investing in innovative, sustainable IQF technologies like the OctoFrost IQF freezer, is the future in strawberry processing."

For more information:
Salina Liang 梁 军
OctoFrost Group
Tel: +86 13600 171812
Email: salina.liang@octofrost.com
www.octofrost.com

Publication date: 9/1/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

7/4/2018 Vacuum cooling for every small hold farmer on the planet
6/27/2018 US (CA): JSK cooling system for Sunniva
6/7/2018 Netherlands: IPHandlers builds new Perishable Centre
2/27/2018 North-east India: Farm-side cold storages for vegetables
1/4/2018 Absence of cold storage: Indian tomato farmers resort to distress sales
12/13/2017 Fresh investment poised to bring innovative device to exporters worldwide
12/13/2017 Cold chain solutions for Nigerian farmers
12/12/2017 India: Cold storage for growers in the orange bowl of Manipur
11/22/2017 What is hydronic cooling?
11/13/2017 China: Demand for refrigerated trucks is steadily growing
10/3/2017 Tecnova implements a greenhouse refrigeration system in Egypt
6/7/2017 New monitoring solution for food retailers
5/17/2017 "If you don't jump on it quickly, CGMMV can easily get out of hand"
4/3/2017 China: Large cold chain logistics center to be built in Ganzhou
3/16/2017 Conviron announces new distributor for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
2/2/2017 McGill researchers develop new passive cooling and ventilation solution
2/1/2017 Reducing ethylene levels allows higher storage temperatures for vegetables
1/3/2017 Cold storage capacity increasing globally
11/1/2016 Isocab introduces ‘the new foam’
10/14/2016 These are the worst mistakes a farmer can make in HVAC design