Alternatives to Conventional Food Processing
Chapter 11: Microwave Food Processing
Published:16 Dec 2010
Consumers prefer food products with enlarged shelf life, which are quick to prepare, healthy and fresh like. Traditional food processing methods are based on intensive heating and as a result cause quality loss. Minimal processing techniques such as microwaves approach consumer's demands to create fresh like products with enlarged shelf life. Microwave technology can be very useful for food processing, because products are heated directly instead of conventional heating by convection and conduction. This means a reduction of the total processing time, no overheating on the outside of the product, and preservation of the fresh product quality. This chapter presents a complete picture of current knowledge on application of microwave in food processing which has been used for different processes like blanching, sterilisation, thawing, drying and extraction of various products. In many cases combinations with microwaves gave the best results.