Drying is fundamental step in the maufacture of many foods. Although its primary function is to remove appropriate quantities of moisture it is, in many cases, also responsible for imparting the characteristic qualities that distinguish one product from another. This book provides a fundamental understanding of moisture transport in the drying of foods and of the physical and chemical changes that occur during drying. A comprehensive description and assessment of the different types of dryers available to the industry are given and factors effecting the operation, control and selection of dryers are described. The combination of practical information supported by relevant theory makes this an essential volume for industrial food engineers, those involved in equipment manufacture, process plant design and new product development in all food sectors where dried foods are used. It will also be of interest to academic researchers in this aspect of food engineering.
The Industrial Drying Of Foods: An Overview. Drying Fundamentals. Through-Flow Dryers for Agricultural Crops. Fluidized Bed Dryers. Spray Dryers. Contact Dryers. Freeze Dryers. Dielectric Dryers. Specialized Drying Systems. Solar Dryers. Dryer Selection. Sensors, Control and Operation. References. Index