HOW TO PACKAGE FOOD PRODUCT TO GET THE BEST MARKET USING HAND SEALING MACHINE
It is no longer news in food science and engineering that food product requires different stages from processing to packaging.
From the very moment food is set to be produced, technology sets in because all processing stages require technology. If the food needs to be grounded or ground, a blender or pulping machine would be used for grounding to paste, if the juice is extracted, the juice extractor machine would be used. All equipment such as electric cookers, manual and electric blenders, pulping machines, thermometers, mortar and pestle, juice extractors, drying ovens, microwave ovens, and so on are all works of technology to make processing easier in the food laboratory.
Why do we process Food?
The aim of processing food is to give it another form, make it eatable and pleasing, for commercial purposes, and for extending its shelf life. When food product is being processed, a series of precautions and instructions are to be followed, like avoiding exposure to bacteria, getting rid of our jewelry, not talking without using a face mask, covering of hair, having a clean and ventilated environment, short nails to avoid dirt under fingernails ad moreover, washing food products and equipment thoroughly to avoid filling the food with bacteria because this would be seen when the microbial count is taken after processing.
Sealing of processed food
The need to store food for a longer time and also pleasingly and attractively was what gave birth to the sealing of processed food. Sealing food means applying heat and pressure on the material used for packaging so it would not rip open easily. When a package is sealed, there is no way it will not be damaged when it is opened, Take a look at our soft drinks, biscuits, and so on, once they are opened, there is no way they won’t be damaged and one can easily spot that they have been tampered with.
Food products are packaged in the food processing lab mainly for safety maintaining their nutritional value and easy transport. Take a look at processed custard or yam flour, If exposed to air, the taste will be tampered with, if packaged anyhow, especially in a wet container, then they will become sticky and bacteria will grow on them. They are mostly stored in nylons or airtight containers
Sealing also leads to the beautification of what was used for packaging the products. We can find beautiful drawings and art on the containers of nylon d with, and the brand name is visible for identification. The only problem with the sealing machine is people tend to burn their packaging materials when trying to seal them.
How to seal food products with hand sealing machine
This is an easy step on how to efficiently seal your products at home without ruining them.
- Note that the hand sealers contain the sealing bars where the products are placed to be sealed
- Open the bar and connect the sealer to a power source
- Let it heat up a little, By chance, you place your hand over the frame and you feel too much heat, turn it off and wait for it to cool a bit
- Place the product to be sealed on the sealing bars and set the place you want to be sealed, then close the bar
- Allow the heat and pressure to pass through the material so it can be fused for several seconds which depends on the packaging material.
- If the other edge left out before sealing is too much, trim it off to the desired length, just make sure it doesn’t tamper with where you sealed it.
With this step, one can easily seal the products we process at home either for family consumption or for commercial purposes. This is also a way to keep food products hygienic. Technology has saved our existence.