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Process and working principle of high-temperature sterilization tank

high-temperature sterilization tank
high-temperature sterilization tank

At present, the common sterilization methods in the food industry are high-temperature sterilization tank, high-pressure sterilization, ultraviolet sterilization, and chemical reagent sterilization. However, the most common sterilization method is high-temperature sterilization. This method not only has a good sterilization effect but also saves resources. On the other hand, since no chemical agent is added during the sterilization process, there is no harm to the human body. In general, viral bacteria are rapidly inactivated at high temperatures, and pasteurization is the use of this method.

So how do you use high-temperature sterilization tanks for sterilization?

First of all, the process of high-temperature sterilization tank:

The process is divided into several stages: injection of warm water, heating, constant temperature and pressure, displacement and water recovery, soaking and drainage. In addition, some products need to be flushed.

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Introduction of each sterilization process:

This section takes the sterilization of ham sausage as an example to introduce the various processes of sterilization.

Inject warm water: The double sterilization pot is divided into the upper tank and lower tank. The water in the upper tank is usually preheated to 80-90 ° C, and then the hot water of 80-90 ° C is injected into the lower pot through the hot water pipe when the water level reaches 95 cm (ie, when the high water level light is on) ,the process is ending.

Heating: Put the hot water of 80-90 °C together with the product, and raise the temperature to a constant temperature with steam within 12-15 minutes. (In winter, it is usually 115 °; in summer, it is 120 °C. And the new product has other regulations.) The pressure in the pot is proportional to the temperature during the heating process.

Constant temperature and pressure: This stage is the key to the sterilization of ham sausage. The temperature and time must be kept under the conditions required by the process. There must be no mistakes in the implementation. It is the most stringent process in the process requirements, and the pressure is maintained at 0.25 MPa.

Replacement and recovery: After the end of the constant temperature, the ham is cooled by injecting cold water and recovering hot water. At this stage, the pressure should be stable and not less than 0.23 MPa to prevent the product from breaking the bag.

Soaking: Circulate the cold water in the pot through the circulation pump, so that the temperature of the ham sausage center is lowered to ensure the uniform temperature of the product.

Drainage: The drain valve is opened, compressed air is added, and the cool water in the pot is drained to facilitate taking the product out of the pot.

Double-layer high temperature sterilization pot
Double-layer high-temperature sterilization pot

The principle of sterilization:

Using water as a medium, steam is used to raise the temperature, so that the temperature of the ham’s sausage reaches the temperature required by the process to ensure that the bacteria in the sausage are completely killed (F value can not exceed the standard, control is within the process requirements). Therefore, it is ensured that the ham sausage does not have a bag expansion problem during the shelf life. Therefore, the sterilization process is the key to the production of ham sausage. Only the strict implementation of the sterilization process parameters can ensure the sterilization effect and ensure sterilization quality.