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What is a Sugarcane Juice?
Sugarcane juice is the juice extracted from pressed sugarcane. It is consumed as a beverage in many places, especially where sugarcane is commercially grown such as Southeast Asia, South Asia, Egypt, Latin America and Brazil.The juice is obtained by crushing peeled sugar cane in a mill. It can be a hand cranked machine, or powered. It is served, often cold, and sometimes with other ingredients such as a squeeze of lemon or lime (in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Pakistan), pineapple (Brazil), passionfruit, ginger (India, Zanzibar) or ice. In Pakistan it can be served with black salt or mint.
What is a Sugarcane Juice Powder(Dired)?
This is possible by the application of known techniques such as freeze drying, flash evaporation and vacuum drying. This dried juice will not support the growth of microorganisms and biochemical activity and thus improves the stability and storability of sugarcane juice. But these processes yield a solid dried sugarcane juice and from this, it is difficult to get desired commercial product.Researchers have constantly worked on bringing new products form sugar cane juice to the market. They are successful up to ready-to-dilute sugarcane juice beverage powder,preserved juice in bottles and other packed containers. A research team from Sugar cane breeding institute moved a step ahead to develop an efficient process for sugar cane juice powder using spray drying technique.
Process of Sugarcane Juice powder?
Sugarcane harvested at 10 -14 month of suitable commercially acceptable sugarcane juice powder/granules.Physical treatment of the process where inway contain dried leaves, green tops, insect infested and damaged, all these are removed with care.Care is taken to use clean water and hygienic practices to avoid microbial contamination.Juice collection and its conversion.From this processing stage onwards the remaining operations are carried out in a clean closed and sterile environment.The extraction of juice with crushers fabricated from food grade material of construction is a mandate and preserving the extracted juice in it
enhancement techniques in juice extraction.The colour and quantity of juice extracted from cane is an opaque liquid and its colour varies from light grey to dark green, depending on the colouring matter in the rind of the cane crushed. This is step is followed by filtration through fine stainless steel mesh to remove fibre particles.
The temperature and spray jet are to coarse particle size of dried sugarcane juice which is
packed in moisture proof pouches.An additional flavor of spray dried sugarcane juice for beverage application can also be taken up by use of the respective flavoring component such as lemon extract, ginger extract, coffee extract, tea extract and spices extract.
The process described eliminated the addition of synthetic preservatives and colourents in the dried sugarcane juice. The resultant spray dried sugarcane juice possesses consumer acceptable qualities and can be of high commercial value. A method of preparation of spray dried sugarcane juice powder and granules with devoid of preservatives, colorants, anti caking agents, stabilizers and other chemicals. The use of spray dried sugarcane juice finds its application as a sweetener and for preparation of natural health drinks and beverages.
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