Individual Quick Freezing in Action: A Look at Real-World Applications
June 8, 2023
June 8, 2023
Individual quick freezing or IQF not only offers convenience but also other benefits when compared to traditional freezing methods. It ensures better texture, flavour, quality, and intact nutritional value of the products being frozen for long-term preservation. So, whether you are a consumer, a food processing business owner, or a packaging consultant, you need to know about IQF and its real-world applications.
As the product ages, it loses its freshness due to bacterial growth and oxidation. Standard refrigeration systems tend to dry out food, strongly compromising product quality. By freezing of food, businesses maintain the product’s freshness and preserve its organic features like flavour, aroma and texture for a longer period.
IQF is a quick freezing method which is alternatively known as flash freezing. In this method, each piece is frozen individually and the pieces do not cohere or stick together into a solid frozen block. Since individual quick freezing is ultra-fast, it does not allow large ice crystals to form inside the cells, thus, retaining the original shape and texture of the product.
Individual quick freezers can be a straight line, spiral, tunnel, etc. depending on the product and freezing requirements. It is used for products such as berries, peaches, chicken, shrimp, french fries, salmon, corn, peas, fish, etc.
Spiral Belt IQF
|Straight Line IQF|
When compared to other freezing methods, IQF is preferred by businesses of all sizes. Here’s why.
Let us dive into the diverse sector and industries where IQF is being widely adopted and used by businesses.
Individual quick freezers are extensively used in freezing fruits and vegetables as it is especially effective in retaining texture, flavour, and nutritional value for long-duration preservation. Individual quick frozen vegetables and fruits are used in retail, food servicing, supermarkets, etc.
IQF is used in freezing different cuts and types of meat and poultry products such as beef, pork, lamb, cut (diced) meat, chicken wings, chicken breast, etc. Since IQF does not allow the sticking or clamping of individual pieces, each meat cut retains its texture and shape.
IQF is widely used in freezing shrimp, fish fillets, squid, prawns, scallops, etc. which are particularly popular in supermarkets, restaurants, seafood markets, and frozen seafood meals.
Many commercial bakeries use IQF for freezing pastries, dough, muffins, croissants, and even bread. This helps retain the freshness and flavour of the items and is used in food servicing, retail and industrial applications.
Cheese, butter, and other dairy products can be frozen using IQF with a high yield and no lumps of grains or damage to the product. Plus, it also ensures food safety and hygiene of the frozen products.
Many businesses use IQF to freeze high-quality spices and herbs individually to prolong their shelf-life as it helps maintain the falvour and aroma for use in different culinary applications.
IQF is also used for convenience foods including ready-to-eat meals, snacks, and packaged food items. This not only offers the comfort of a quick and easy meal but also ensures that the texture and flavour of the products are intact for safe consumption.
Rinac’s IQF freezer unit comes along with matching (compatible) refrigeration packages (liquid over feed type) and is ready to install at the site. Some unique features of our Freezoline series include the following.
To know more about how we can support your IQF needs more effectively, get in touch with us today!
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