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Strawberries are one of the most popular frozen fruits on the market. With increasing demand, the competition increases when it comes to providing high-quality products. Strawberries are one of the most sensitive products to process. In order to deliver high-quality strawberries to the market, suppliers should consider the pre treatment and freezing technology when choosing an IQF Freezer.

Pre-Treatment

When strawberries are handled mechanically, they are considered to be sensitive products. Pre-treatment for strawberries includes washing and dicing the berries. After being prepared, the strawberries can be pre-cooled to improve the freezing result. When the strawberries are at a lower starting temperature when fed into the freezer, the freezing results are higher quality. A challenge when freezing strawberries is preserving the natural appearance of the product after freezing. This becomes more of a challenge when the berries are diced or sliced. The high sugar and water content of the fruit makes the pieces sticky when frozen, resulting in a high risk of lump formation. Something else to note is that overripe strawberries and pieces should be removed. If not removed, the soft jam will spread to other strawberry pieces and create blocks and lumps.

Freezing Equipment

To achieve high-quality results, it is important to choose the right equipment. Without proper processing, strawberries can spoil or become contaminated. Your equipment should keep your fruit cool during processing, and frozen after creation. Individual quick freezing (IQF) tunnel freezers are designed for freezing small-sized products like fruits, vegetables, and small meat products. Our contact belt tunnels are in a welded SS Steel or SS Clad Enclosure.

AFE

We know how delicate fruit can be. At AFE each piece of fruit processing equipment is crafted with full dedication to hygiene, quality, and cleanliness.Fully Welded Stainless Steel enclosures will ensure the highest degree of sanitation in the industry and long term durability.  Cleanliness and hygiene are critical considerations when it comes to food processing and preservation.