Cashews come from a tropical tree native to Central America. They have become prominent and your nut mix will not be complete without them. The cashew processing method involves roasting, shell drying, peeling, grading, fumigation and packaging. You have to conduct these processing methods with care to obtain quality cashew nuts. In order to achieve this, you'll need the appropriate cashew processing machinery.
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Cashew processing machines you need
To make and process cashews, you’ll use different cashew processing machines. This equipment is found in almost all cashew processing plants. As an example, an automatic cashew nut grading machine classifies cashews in sizes, shape and dimensions, so you can separate them. A steaming machine, in its turn, softens the cashew nut shells so you can obtain the edible seed inside. You’ll also need a peeling machine, along with a nut shelling machine and suitable cutting equipment. After all is done, you will also need a packing machine. Most machinery are fully automatic when it comes to all of these processes.
You can choose to either roast or fry cashew nuts. Roasting the cashew nut improves their taste and texture, while also enhances the overall savory sensory experience. Also, they are easier to digest and roasting decreases exposing them to harmful bacteria like Salmonella or E.Coli.
Note that roasting increases the calorie content of the raw cashews. The nuts will also have a higher sodium content when roasted. Fried cashews, on the other hand, are more versatile. You can fry them with white pepper, garlic and salt before packaging. Their only downside is that they have slightly higher calorie content compared to roasted nuts.
Watch out for the oil turnover time with cashew processing
When frying cashew nuts, take note of the oil turnover time. Oil turnover is the number of hours required to add makeup oil as you fry, to maintain the original amount of oil needed in the fryer. Furthermore, the oil turnover time should be shorter because the shorter it is, the fresher the oil will be. This translates to a longer cashew nut’s shelf life. Factors such as the type of oil you use and frying temperature affect the oil turnover time with cashew processing. Using darker oils with high viscosity, for instance, makes it harder to know how fresh the oil is, and the right time to turnover.
Regulations for the production of cashew
There are some necessary measures you have to take to prevent diseases in cashews and preserve them. When you have split the cashews, you can roast them or dry them with salt to prevent E.Coli from growing on the nuts. You can also use a protective coating of copper-based fungicide on parts of the cashew plant to prevent anthracnose, a fungal disease that affects plants in humid areas.
When making nuts for the US market, ensure that you abide by the US Food and Drug Administration rule that requires all in-shell nuts to be stored separately from the processing operation. Guarantee that they are free from filth and E.Coli, and pasteurize them to avoid pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella. The same process would apply for most industries where cashews are produced. Contact us if you are looking to find the perfect cashew nut processing machine.
Many people are not aware that cashew nuts come from the cashew fruit. The nut itself looks almost like a stem. When you see the cashew growing, you’ll notice it looks completely different to the final product. That is because the nuts and cashew kernels need to go through a cashew shelling machine as well as various other processes to get to end product that we see in supermarkets.
Furthermore, cashew shells contain poison similar to that found in poison ivy. For that reason, unprocessed cashews are incredibly dangerous and it is critical that they go through the correct processing to make them safe for consumption. All of this used to be done by hand. However, In order to minimize contact with humans and the harmful poison, cashews have to go through an automatic cashew shelling and cutting machine. And finally, roasting ensures that all of this harmful material is completely removed. Once again making it totally safe for us to eat.
cashews require intense processing in order to get to the final product and therefore are one of the more expensive nuts. Thus making the cashew industry big business.