From being grown in the field, to roasting and slicing, the manufacture and processing of almonds is a multi-tiered operation. After removing their hull, also known as almond hulling, you can process almonds in various ways to achieve the requested consistency. Whether you chop the almond, finely mill them or turn them into almond milk, they require special care and equipment for processing.
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Almond processing equipment for all shapes and sizes
Almonds are rich in fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E, making them a quick and healthy snack. In order to make them, you can use various chopping, slicing, shelling and grating equipment.
To create lush chocolates and pralines, for instance, opt for smaller chunks of almond nuts. You can adjust your almond processing equipment for chopping and slicing to produce the preferred size of the almond. After that you add the chopped nuts to trail mixes, chocolates, cakes and other food products.
Almond equipment for making milk and flour
To produce almond milk and flour, manufacturers use almonds that do not achieve specific aesthetic requirements. They collect these during the sorting process.
You make almond flour by grating almond nuts with an industrial nut grater. The flour is then sifted to ensure its powdery texture. This is the main ingredient in French macarons, first concocted in Venetian monasteries and brought to the French court by Catherine de Medici.
There are two methods of almond milk manufacturing and you should consider both when deciding on the proper processing equipment and technology. The ‘dry’ method includes adding water to grated almonds. The ‘wet’ method process consists of blending soaked almonds with water. Shelling also occurs in this step to avoid unwanted material in the milk. Manufacturers often choose to pasteurize the milk with tunnel pasteurizers to eradicate pathogens and prolong its shelf-life. This leads to a safer and higher quality product.
Almond milk has had its fair share of controversy. In an attempt to ban the use of the word ‘milk’ in connection to plant-based milks, part of the dairy industry submitted Amendment 171 to the European Parliament. Lawmakers rejected it in 2021, so almond milk is still considered milk in the EU.
Almond milk is not just for making your favorite latte
Rich in vitamins E, B2 and B3, almond milk has been a valued ingredient in cosmetic products for some decades. It also has moisturizing and skin healing properties, lightening dark spots and healing acne scars. You can use almond milk in soaps, shampoos, body lotions and the like.
To further process almond milk you need specialized mixing equipment, to reduce and evenly distribute almond milk particles into a liquid, emulsion or cream. Add almond milk into laboratory-grade mixers with the rest of the ingredients and watch as they create the desired texture of soaps, lotions, shampoos and creams.