Deli-log crust-freezing operations must be optimized and matched to upstream and downstream operations. State-of-the-art cryogenic freezing solutions from Linde are designed with food safety and hygiene in mind and can help deli-meat processors:
- Boost high-speed slicer throughput. Some deli-logs are more prone to slicing and stacking problems than others. But every deli log meat has an optimal crust-freezing “zone” (temperature and depth) that must be matched to the slicer to reduce downtime and achieve peak volumes and quality throughput. Mechanical crust-freezers and older cryogenic equipment can add drag to the crust-freezing process (and consume valuable floor space).
- Improve consistency of process quality or high product quality. High-speed blades must start with a clean bite into the surface of the log to achieve a clean finish to the slice. While blades must be sharp, the proper crust freeze is essential for slicing with highly consistent quality at high speeds.
- Minimize yield losses. “Strings” and other hang ups lead to less-than-perfect slicing and stacking. With blades cutting deli-logs averaging $7 per lb. or more at high speeds, “minor” variations in slicing can quickly pile into significant yield losses.
- Boost productivity / Reduce cycle times. Existing in-line crust-freezing equipment may not deliver high-volume quality and rapid cycle times needed for new high-speed slicing equipment. In addition, mechanical freezers can add unnecessary time, energy and variation to the temperature equilibration process.
LIXSHOOTER® Bottom Injectors. Unlike other cryogenic bottom-injection (BI) nozzles, new hygienic LIXSHOOTER® bottom injectors are designed to prevent food product from penetrating injector orifices. These self-sealing injectors mount flush with the internal surface of the mixer to significantly minimize areas that could harbor moisture or foodbourne pathogens
With a dual-cryogen option, the injectors can chill with either liquid nitrogen (LIN) or carbon dioxide (co2). The dual-cryogen option for LIXSHOOTER injectors makes it possible to switch between LIN and CO2 in a matter of minutes rather than hours or days, providing for production flexibility and higher reliability and higher reliability in cryogen supply.
The Linde Food Team custom engineers solutions matched to your requirements for optimal results. Request an in-plant assessment now.
It takes time and labor to move the deli-logs from mechanical cold-storage areas into production. The protein is subject to swings in ambient temperatures as it thaws from the outside.