How to freeze in the fruit goodness and its nutrient in a snack?
thanks to an innovative technology that we call low-energy freeze-drying.
So, your fruit stays delicious, avoid waste, and looks great too!
If you like some techie talk, bare with us and read below :)
There are four main stages in the process before your smart snack is ready for you to eat. The important thing to remember is that nothing is added, and none of the goodness is taken away!
The fresh fruits are cut into slices and processed straight away to avoid any degradation
The fresh fruit is frozen rapidly so that pure water separates and solidifies into tiny crystals of ice
The fruit is placed in vacuum so that tiny crystals of ice sublimate or, in other words, become vapour that is extracted from the fruit leaving it dry and crunchy
The dried pieces of fruit are then immediately packaged in dry atmosphere to avoid the contact with air moisture and preserve all their freshness
Why is freeze drying better?
Drying is a great technology for preserving food because it removes water. And water is what causes bacteria to grow and the fruit to deteriorate.
However standard drying has a big drawback: the application of heat. Temperatures above 30 °C are required in all other drying methods and this has several disadvantages. Primarily the degradation of vitamins, essential nutrients for our health. Secondly, the product often becomes squishy and collapses, resulting in a loss of taste and organoleptic properties.
The solution... drying at sub-zero temperatures!
Freeze drying is great but is very energy-intensive. That's because drying at sub-zero temperatures is difficult, especially in summer when you can find most of the yummiest fruit.
Fortunately the Opi Frutta team has developed a new process to freeze dry at a fraction of the energy consumption!
Freeze-drying is the best drying technology in terms of product nutritional and organoleptic properties. This convinced us that is the right technology for the next generation, sustainable food production.
KEEP THE GOODIES
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