What is dehydration?
Dehydration consists in partial or full removal of the water content of a product. It has been used as a way of food preservation since antiquity.
Dehydration avoids microorganism proliferation and efficiently preserves products, maintaining its nutritional properties.
Dried products have low weight and volume, making it easily transported and without a need for refrigeration.
What to dehydrate
Finding the best dehydration conditions, our machines can dehydrate any kind of products, such as fruits, vegetables, fungi, olives, medicinal plants, meat, fish, etc.
From your fresh production, you can dedicate to dehydration:
Discards: raw materials with low or zero value on the market of fresh products
Excess: raw materials that cannot be sold for lack of demand or market fluctuations
Unexpected events: unforeseen circumstances that make the fresh product lose its standards of quality
Diversification: use of optimal raw materials for obtaining dried products; or dehydration process service for other producers
Where to find dehydrated products
There is a wide range of use and consumption of dried products: snacks, flour, spices, condiments, juices, milkshakes, sodas, ice creams, teas, infusions, marmalades, cocktails, cosmetics…
What is the suitable temperature to dehydrate and preserve food properties?
Most commonly used temperatures to dehydrate food under controlled conditions range from 40ºC to 70ºC. At temperatures higher than 70ºC, is has been demonstrated that it can affect the nutritional characteristics of food.
What do I need to install a machine or a dehydration plant?
First of all, you will need a minimum area to place the F-50 dehydrator or the dehydration plant.
For just the F-50 dehydrator, you will need gas and three phase electricity supplies. Moreover, it is important to have inlet and outlet air ducts.
For the dehydration plant, you will need other supplies related to this kind of industry. Our technical team can advise you on this aspect.
What kind of energy do these machines use?
Our machines use electric and thermal energies. These two energy sources can be adapted to those clients aware and concerned about the environment and the renewable energies.
Do these machines have the CE mark?
Yes, our machines have the European Conformance CE mark that indicates that our product meets the legal and technical requirements in safety matters of the state members of the European Union.
Can I easily control the process?
Yes, our machine has a Programmable Logic Controller from which the machine is programmed. Moreover, you can check the temperature and humidity of air, among other psychrometric properties, in real time and control the machine from any device with internet connection.
How long will my products take to dehydrate?
Those clients already familiar with the world of dehydration will understand that, in the art of dehydrating food, many factors must be taken into account. Intrinsic food factors, such as initial water content, structure and composition of the food; the kind of cut and the final water content (crunchy, dehydrated, semi-dehydrated…).
However, the dehydration technique is quite personal and it is something that we think the client must define. Scientific studies have shown that temperature and air velocity are directly proportional to drying speed. To set the dehydration time of the products to the client’s needs, we have a technical team to advise you.