Manufacturing potato chips is a farm-to-fork process from raw material to the final product. From washing and peeling to processing and frying and more in between. Freshly harvested potatoes are first washed, peeled, and sliced into thin potato slices. After washing them again to remove the starch, potatoes are then blanched, fried, seasoned, packed, and served, ready for your consumer’s enjoyment.
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Tumbling seasonings for even coatings
Seasoning potato chips involves the use of two main ingredients: the oil and the seasoning powder. The process involves coating your potato chips in oil and adding the seasoning powder to achieve the right flavor for your product.
Potato chips production line dosing systems are specifically designed for the automatic seasoning your product. Oil is first sprayed to your chips, thinly coating them, and tumbled in a rotating drum. Afterwards, to another rotating drum where you can add the seasoning powder. The coating is spread evenly by tumbling the chips in the drum. This is one of many steps in a potato chips production line.
The road to making healthier potato chips
Potato chips are notoriously known to be unhealthy because of the oils used during their making process. This is due to the fact that they are made in a specialised frying machine. As an alternative, you can use healthier oils to fry and coat your chips. These include sunflower, olive, avocado, coconut, and even peanut. Their frying properties, high nutritional content, and flavor profile contribute to healthier chips. Similar efforts are employed with all types of fried production chips. For example, vegetable, plantain and banana chips.
Natural preservatives can also make your potato chips healthier. Rosemary extract has been established as an alternative to otherwise carcinogenic preservatives.
Finally, if you prefer to carry your potato chips manufacturing with frying, there are technologies that decrease the frying oil turnover. This is important to maintain the oil quality in the production. It also helps making the oil change more efficient and avoids a high Free Fatty Acids (FFA) percentage, contributing to a longer product shelf life.
Other technologies for sweet potato chips
Sweet potato chips are a healthy alternative to regular potato chips. With their high Vitamin A and fiber content, these chips may be the preference for consumers wanting to satisfy that craving.
The potato chips manufacturing process is similar for both potato variants. Using oven technologies, such as baking and drying, can significantly boost the nutritional value of your sweet potato chips. These processes retain the sweet potatoes’ natural nutrients for consumption. In addition, the non-use of oil prevents the formation of carcinogenic compounds while decreasing their fat content.