Produce That Benefits Most from Hydrocooling

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Proper cooling is essential for almost any type of produce in order to ensure that quality is preserved as fruits and vegetables begin their journey to the end consumer. Here at Semco, we offer many different kinds of cooling systems and different cooling methods are better suited to different types of produce. In this article let’s take a look at hydrocooling and the produce that benefits most from this method. Why Produce Cooling Is So Important Good produce cooling is important for a number of reasons. Field heat, or the ambient temperature that permeates a plant while it is growing,…

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Forced-Air Cooling Mistakes to Avoid When Cooling Produce

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Many types of produce, like strawberries, apples, beans and blueberries, have to be drastically cooled after harvest in order to keep their freshness. Putting every different type of produce under the right cooling method will lengthen their freshness and ensure that a high quality product is given to consumers. There are a lot of different types of post-harvest cooling methods out there, like forced-air cooling, room cooling, hydrocooling and icing. Each of these cooling methods has a proper use when it comes to different types of produce. Semco understands that you’ll need different equipment depending on the type of produce…

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4 Reasons Ice Cooling May Not Be Best for All Produce

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Keeping fruits and vegetables at their optimal temperatures is vital for maintaining freshness and nutritional value. Temperatures that are too warm could cause certain types of produce to go bad. Keeping your produce cool with ice cooling is beneficial in many cases. However, not all produce will fare well with ice cooling. Let’s take a look at 4 reasons why ice cooling isn’t always the right choice. Large Ice Chunks Could Be Problematic Some types of fruits, such as tomatoes, plums and peaches, have very thin skins that are prone to bruising, bursting and other types of damage. If you…

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Produce That Is Well-Suited for Cooling with Ice

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After the harvest of a beautiful crop of produce, growers must then consider how to quickly and completely cool their harvest to keep it in peak condition for transport and sale. At Semco, we manufacture and install industrial grade cooling systems that are custom designed to meet each client’s specific needs and facilities. Cooling produce immediately after harvest will help maintain freshness and quality in produce. If not properly cooled and stored, fresh produce is subject to rot or degradation of firmness and overall quality. Prompt and proper cooling slows down ripening, softening and color changes and keeps off spoilage…

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Tips for Best Handling Flake Ice Aboard Fishing Ships

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One of the most important considerations for fishing boats is how to keep the catch as fresh as possible until the ship gets back to port. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small family fisherman trawling the waters every day or a large commercial vessel going out for days at a time, the proper icing and storage of the catch is crucial to your profit margin. The use of flake ice is one of the best ways to preserve freshly caught seafood and can be loaded on shore or produced on board. Flake ice, or scale ice as it is…

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Precooling Is Essential for Many Types of Produce

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After harvesting, it’s essential to properly cool produce in order to maximize its shelf life. By staving off the natural growth of microorganisms, the cooling process helps to slow the physiological changes which impact freshness and nutritional value. This can be achieved both through lower-cost and more advanced methods, including harvesting during cooler periods during the day, cool air ventilation, and evaporative cooling. For many types of produce, however, precooling is an essential part of the equation. Precooling is a process performed to rapidly remove field heat immediately following a harvest. Field heat is described as the difference between the…

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Why Hydrocooling Won’t Work As a Standalone Produce Cooling Method

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Proper cooling of produce is critical to maintain the quality and nutrition of food. The single most important factor that prevents food degradation is maintaining a proper food temperature. Through refrigeration by units produced by Semco, major spoilage processes are prevented. The first is that the processes of ripening and premature softening are slowed at lower temperatures. Refrigeration also prevents wilting and moisture loss. Lastly, refrigeration prevents significant food quality and safety issue by preventing bacteria, fungi and yeast from growing. Among many cooling methods, hydrocooling is an effective pre-cooling method that aids in food quality. The Hydrocooling Process Hydrocooling…

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Warning Signs of Fish Spoilage

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A top priority for commercial fishermen is preserving their catch. Since they may not be returning to port immediately but moving on to other fishing spots, refrigeration and a well-insulated hold are vital in the effort to keep fish fresh. Semco understands the importance of preventing fish spoilage, and we manufacture and install industrial cooling systems designed to customer specifications. In the commercial fishing business, proper cooling of the seafood product can mean the difference between expected profit and economic disaster. The warning signs of spoilage can typically be detected through the senses of sight and smell, but there are…

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Tips for Best Handling Block Ice Aboard Fishing Ships

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No matter how large the catch may be, if a fishing ship doesn’t have an effective cooling system that catch will spoil before making it back to the harbor. The most cooling methods involves using various forms of ice. There are many different types of ice that may be used, but in today’s article let’s take a look at block ice and its proper handling. Block ice is preferred by many fishermen because of it lasts longer than pre-crushed or flake ice and because it is easier to store in that larger quantities can be stowed in smaller spaces than…

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How to Select the Right Type of Ice for Your Commercial Needs

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Whether you are seeking to preserve meat products, fresh produce, or any other commercial products that needs to be cooled, choosing the right kind of ice for your application is essential. Block, flake, and slush ices each offer their own unique advantages and disadvantages, including variances in availability, melting speeds and space efficiency. When combining the proper ice type with the capability of Semco custom-designed cooling systems, you’ll be assured of product integrity throughout the storage process. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of ice and when they might be useful for a given application….

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