Plant-Based Milk Equipment
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Continuous chocolate line with vertical ball mills
High-speed shrink wrap packers
Combined wraparound and shrink-wrap packer
Laser guided vehicles
End of line system for bottling plants
Level and flow meter fillers for beverages
Robot palletizer for liquid containers
Empty bottle height sorting system
Empty bottle shape, colour and size sorting system
Versatile bottle sorting system
High-end empty bottle inspection system
High-frequency fill level controller
Optical fill level controller
X-ray fill level controller
High-precision X-ray fill level controller
Nut and cheese grater
High-speed unscrambler for large bottles
High-speed unscrambler for small bottles
In-line monoblock linear filler & capper
High pressure pilot homogenizer
High pressure industrial homogenizer
High pressure electric laboratory homogenizer
Pilot high pressure homogenizer
Vibrating sieve for liquid solid separation
Air knife dryer for bottles
Shell and tube heat exchanger
Small scale linear sieve for nuts
Metal detector for bottles
Tunnel pasteurizer for beverage
Flash pasteurizer for beer
CIP system for beverage
Craft Beer Pasteurizer
Air knife system for bottling lines
Industrial bottle sterilizer
Industrial bottle washing machine
Self-adhesive linear labeling machine for bottles
Automatic filling machine for sauce
Automatic bottling machine for beverage
Linear automatic bottling machine for liquids
Empty bottle inspection machine
Continuous sterilizer for milk beverages
Water treatment for beverage preparation
Pasteurizer machine for sensitive beverages
Sugar dissolving system for beverages
Pilot plant homogeniser
Homogenization and emulsifying system for fine foods
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Using alternative milk processing machines
Plant-based milk is nutritional as well as being rich in both flavour and texture. The search for healthy dairy free milk is increasing in the US and other countries, as it is lower in calories and saturated fat than cow milk. Plant based milk in US is expected to reach $21.52 billion in 2024, and it is growing at an annual growth rate of 10.18%.
You can create pure dairy-free milk, or you could blend it with dairy products such as cow milk. If you want it pure, grind the nuts, starch or legumes and water in a colloid mill, then filter the milk with a mesh sieve. Lastly, use a sterilizer to remove bacteria from the milk and fill it into bottles. For the blended version, mix cow milk with the nuts before grinding.
Emulsifiers like sunflower lecithin help the milk to stay well dispersed, giving the milk a consistent texture. A peeling machine helps you to separate the nut kernels from the skin, while a milk maker crushes the nut to extract the milk. This apples to all different types of nuts such as almonds, cashews, pine nuts and hazelnuts.
The importance of sterilizing plant-based milk
Sterilization is essential in plant milk production because it kills the microorganisms that are present in the milk. So when you package the product, it can stay for up to 6 months on the shelves.
There are some precautionary actions you need to take to sterilize the plant-based milk. If your product is made from nuts, you first need to ensure that you are not using rancid or contaminated nuts. Always use fresh nuts. To keep the nuts fresh for up to 3 months, store them in airtight containers.
Secondly, you need to ensure that the nuts are washed with filtered water before grinding. Next, sterilize the milk by heating it in sealed containers continuously at 115° C for at least 15 minutes.
Effect of plant-based milk production on the environment
In the last 5 years, the production and sales of almond milk have grown 250% to more than $894.6 million. This means that these types of milk have become a popular choice for both vegans and those that want to reduce carb intake. Milk alternatives from plants, such as soy milk, are nutritious, low in calories and don’t raise blood sugar. Commercial production is contributing a lot of people choose a healthier lifestyle.
The only downside of plant-based milk production is that it is taking a toll on the environment. It takes 16 gallons of water just to produce 16 almonds, making almonds a water-intensive crop. Micro irrigation is now used as an alternative to reduce the amount of water used for almond production. Additionally, the pesticides used for the commercial production of almonds contaminates the limited water sources and toxifies drinking water for people in farming communities.