What are the main steps of the prickly pear processing line?
September 4, 2023
Prickly pear is a common fruit with rich nutritional value and unique taste. In order to meet market demand and improve production efficiency and product quality, a thorn pear processing line came into being. This article will introduce the main process of the prickly pear processing line, including the following steps: prickly pear cleaning, peeling, slicing, dehydration, drying, packaging, etc.
First of all, the first step in the prickly pear processing line is cleaning. Prickly pears may be contaminated with soil, impurities, etc. during the picking process, so they need to be thoroughly cleaned. During the cleaning process, you can use a faucet or special cleaning equipment to soak the prickly pear in clean water, and then scrub it with a brush or spray water to remove the dirt on the surface.
The next step is peeling. The skin of prickly pears is rough and tastes bad, so the skin needs to be removed. Peeling can be done with a mechanical peeler or by hand. The mechanical peeling machine peels off the prickly pear skin by rotating the blade, which is more efficient. Manual peeling requires workers to peel off the prickly pear skin with a knife, which is relatively slow.
The third step is slicing. After the prickly pears have been peeled, they need to be sliced. Slicing can be performed using a microtome or a cutting knife. The purpose of slicing is to facilitate the subsequent dehydration and drying process, and the thickness of the slicing can also be adjusted according to product requirements.
Next is dehydration. Prickly pear slices contain a lot of water and need to be dehydrated. Dehydration can be performed using a centrifuge, press or hot air dehydrator. The centrifuge dries the moisture in the prickly pear slices through the centrifugal force of high-speed rotation. The squeezer squeezes out the moisture. The hot air dehydrator uses hot air to evaporate the water in the prickly pear slices.
After dehydration, prickly pear slices need to be dried. Drying can be performed using a dryer or an oven. The purpose of drying is to completely evaporate the moisture in the prickly pear slices to achieve the desired degree of dryness. The drying time and temperature can be adjusted according to product requirements.
The next step is packaging. Dried prickly pear slices need to be packaged to maintain their freshness and quality. Packaging can use plastic bags, aluminum foil bags, vacuum packaging, etc. During the packaging process, hygiene and airtightness should be paid attention to to prevent the prickly pear slices from being polluted and oxidized.
In summary, the main process of the prickly pear processing line includes cleaning, peeling, slicing, dehydration, drying and packaging. Each step has its specific equipment and process requirements, and through reasonable operation and control, efficient and high-quality thorn pear processing can be achieved. The establishment of the thorn pear processing line can not only increase the added value of thorn pear, but also promote the development of thorn pear industry and the improvement of market competitiveness. With the tenet of "creating high-quality food machinery and benefiting the world's agricultural industry", our company adheres to the people-oriented and customer-oriented business philosophy, establishes a scientific development concept, and welcomes friends from all walks of life to cooperate sincerely and seek common development.