Process for the deep-freezing of a substantially fluid food preparation

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PATENT NO 10130114
APP PUB NO 20140170294A1
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14235266

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A frozen condiment is described, chosen among the group consisting of sauces, pastes, pates, creams and pizza toppings, having hygienic and organoleptic features comparable with those of a corresponding fresh condiment, which is in the form of granules having a porous surface, having an average weight of 6.0 g or less and essentially homogeneous in size having a diameter comprised between 1 mm and 20 mm, and apt to determine a rapid and uniform thawing of the deep-frozen condiment; a process for the deep-freezing of a substantially fluid condiment is also described, which involves dividing a substantially fluid condiment into a plurality of drops, which, in a first deep-freezing step, are dosed within a liquid bath at a temperature lower than −150° C., obtaining a plurality of partially frozen granules having a hard and deep-frozen external surface and a soft not completely deep-frozen core, and a second deep-freezing step at a temperature comprised between −30° C. and −90° C., which leads to condiment deep-frozen granules; and subjecting the deep-frozen granules thus obtained to a refining step, wherein at least a part of said plurality of deep-frozen granules is reduced in size thus obtaining a plurality of deep-frozen granules having an average weight of 6.0 g or less, preferably between 1.0 and 5.0 g, and which are essentially homogeneous in size having a diameter comprised between 1 mm and 20 mm, preferably between 3 and 15 mm; the process is carried out within a system comprising a dosing device to dose the condiment dropwise, a first deep-freezing section downstream of the dosing device, comprising a liquid bath, at a temperature of −150° or lower, wherein the drops are fed and wherefrom a condiment in the form of partially deep-frozen granules is discharged; a second deep-freezing section, operating at a temperature comprised between −30° C. and −90° C., wherein the granule deep-freezing is completed, a refining device (5) arranged downstream of said second deep-freezing section (4), for the reduction in size of at least part of said deep-frozen granules of condiment (D) exiting said second deep-freezing section (4); and a packaging device.

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AMBIENTE E NUTRIZIONE S R LVIA CURIEL 252 ROZZANO (MILANO) I-20089

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Cerea, Giuseppina Rozzano, IT 17 13

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