Pulsed electric field - the potential in food processing
By Danny Bayliss - 19 April 2017
Pulsed electric field processing is a well known non-thermal food preservation technique, but did you know it can also be used to improve product
quality and food production processes?
During PEF processing, short high voltage pulses are applied which induce pores in cell membranes. At low field strengths (<10 kV/cm) pores can be
formed in the cells of both liquid and bulk food products. This offers many potential benefits to help improve processes or product quality
- Tissue softening - reduces the cutting force required for food products, such as potatoes, sugar beet and carrots. Reductions of up to 60% have
been shown for some products
- Extraction – increased rupturing of plant cells to improve the extraction and yield of juices, proteins, nutrients, vitamins and natural
- Drying - improves mass transport of liquids for better drying of products
- Brining and marinating of meat products – better diffusion, reducing time and improving the quality of the cook meat products such as water
- Meat tenderisation - releases enzymes and protein breakdown can improve tenderisation and maturation of meat
- Reduced fat uptake - reduces oil uptake during frying of vegetable based products
I am excited to announce that we are installing new pulsed electric field equipment in our pilot plant. The Pulsemaster Solidus system will be
available for confidential trials during April and May. If you are interested in exploring the potential of PEF technology for your applications
then please get in touch.
Danny Bayliss, New Technology Research Team Leader
Danny joined Campden BRI where he has been in various new technology roles since 2012. Danny's main research interests have been in the field of
emerging processing and preservation technologies for the food industry.