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EQUIPMENT
DEHYDRATION
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applications Optimizing temperature, humidity and airflow.
By Jordan Tyler | jtyler@sosland.com
Efficiency is the end all be all in a modern pet food or treat manufacturing
operation. Amid the multitude of industry challenges,
being able to produce safe product consistently and reliably is the
crux of any successful business.
The dehydration process, on the other hand, is no poster child
for processing efficiency. This method " begets a long, drawn-out
processing time, " with cook times that can exceed 10 hours, according
to Jason Jordan, director of marination technology, staff
food scientist, Fusion Tech, Roseville, Ill. So, why bother?
" Dehydration is not necessarily a fast, efficient production method, "
said Lucy Postins, founder and chief integrity officer, The Honest
Kitchen, San Diego, Calif. " It's slow and gentle, so it takes time and
care to dehydrate ingredients properly with the correct temperature
to maintain as much of the natural nutrition as possible, while also
ensuring that the risk of ingredient-specific pathogens is eliminated. "
For super-premium brands like The Honest Kitchen, processing
efficiency is supplanted by product quality and brand positioning.
The brand has been built on the promise that regardless of its success,
The Honest Kitchen will stay true to its nutritional philosophy
and the cooking methods that help achieve it.
" The key benefit of dehydration is that it's a very gentle method of
preparing food, and uses much lower temperatures compared with
traditional methods such as canning and extrusion, " Postins added.
" Lower temperatures mean that the ingredients are treated more gently,
which in turn helps to preserve more of the natural nutrients. "
As pet food formats continue to evolve alongside consumer demand,
brands are looking to suppliers to help them produce premium
product in a way that is consistent, safe and economical.
" Processors are continually searching for equipment that delivers
repeatability and consistency so they can minimize process
variation, " said Marty Wimmer, product sales manager, batch
thermal, Marlen, Riverside, Mo.
To achieve this consistency and optimize efficiency in a dehydration
process, pet food and treat manufacturers must be able to
control and fine-tune three variables inside the oven: temperature,
humidity and airflow.
Hitting the trifecta
The main goal of any dehydration process is to remove water from
the product to create a shelf-stable, food-safe result.
Product quality tops efficiency for The Honest Kitchen, which uses a
dehydration process to achieve the best nutritional outcome for its
dehydrated, human-grade pet food and treat products.
The Honest Kitchen
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