Microwave vacuum drying food system
Microwave drying presents significant advantages for the food and catering industries. Microwave vacuum dryers are ideal for drying very sensitive products such as fruits, vegetables and fish, and for cooking chicken, due to the combination of two different technologies that create specific conditions, allowing processing at very low temperatures. The EU-funded MILDTECH project will complete a feasibility study to confirm a new system for drying heat-sensitive foods. It consists of a dual-frequency microwave vacuum drying and cooking system that is cost-effective, quick, and requires low energy consumption. The benefits are improved food quality, extended shelf life and reduced cooking time. Additionally, the project will develop more applications, including a smart control system that will allow full equipment’s industrialisation.
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