Food dehydration processes

Description

The processes by which fruit and vegetables are dehydrated including techniques such as sun drying, indoor drying, and industrial applications for drying food. The dehydration process goes from selection of the fruit and vegetables according to their size, washing the fruit, classifying according to the product, storage, and mixing with ingredients resulting in a final product.

Alternative labels

dehydration processes for food
dehydration of food processes
food dehydration systems
food dehydration process
food dehydration procedures
food dehydration operations

Skill type

knowledge

Skill reusability level

sector-specific

Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Food dehydration processes is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Pasta operator: Pasta operators manufacture dry pasta products. They unload raw ingredients from storage silos and ingredient delivery systems. These operators mix, press, extrude as to reach desired drying levels of pasta.
Dryer attendant: Dryer attendants tend rotary dryers to remove moisture from raw materials or food products in transformation. They observe instruments to verify dryer temperature and regulate steam pressure in order to determine if products have the specified moisture content.

Optional knowledge

Food dehydration processes is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Pasta maker: Pasta makers prepare fresh pasta, fillings, and other types of pasta following specific recipes and processes.
Coffee roaster: Coffee roasters control gas fired roasters to dry coffee beans. They dump coffee beans into roasting ovens and once roasted, they compare colour of roasting beans against specifications. They perform cooling of the beans by operating mechanical blowers.

Starch converting operator: Starch converting operators control converters to change starch into glucose or corn syrup. After processing, they test products to verify their purity.
Fruit and vegetable preserver: Fruit and vegetable preservers tend machines to prepare and preserve fruit and vegetable products. They aim to keep preserved perishable foods in a stable form. Thus, they perform duties such as freezing, preserving, packing after sorting, grading, washing, peeling, trimming and slicing agricultural products.
Malt kiln operator: Malt kiln operators tend kiln machines and equipment while supervising that the grain roasting operation maintains in specified roasting parameters.
Fish production operator: Fish production operators regulate and supervise fish product manufacturing facilities. They keep stock of all required ingredients and equipment for mass manufacturing. They also perform processes such as moulding, breading, frying, freezing, setting the system’s temperature and checking speeds.
Prepared meat operator: Prepared meat operators process meat either by hand or using meat machines such as meat grinding, crushing or mixing machines. They perform preservation processes such as pasteurising, salting, drying, freeze-drying, fermenting and smoking. Prepared meat operators strive to keep meat free from germs and other health risks for a longer period than fresh meat.
Milk heat treatment process operator: Milk heat treatment process operators use equipments to perform different methods of pasteurisation and/or sterilisation to dairy liquid products. They operate equipment such as raw product booster pumps, homogenisers, flavour control equipment, clarifiers, separators, auxiliary pumps, and filters.
Malt master: Malt masters evaluate and grade different malts on a sensory basis for brewing purposes. They assess the look, the smell, and the taste of raw materials and unfinished products in order to maintain the consistency of products. They use their knowledge to prepare mixtures as part of product development.

 


 

References

  1. Food dehydration processes – ESCO

 

Last updated on September 20, 2022

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