Opinion: for storing berries, it is important not only the cooling time – without delay, but also the quality of the freezing itself


Opinion: for storing berries, it is important not only the cooling time – without delay, but also the quality of the freezing itself

02/14/2020

Cooling is a must for berries. The quicker the chilled, the better

Berries can bring considerable income to producers if you take care of the proper storage of the harvest in time. Anatoly Bogdan, director of Insolar-Kholod, said this, speaking during the international forum “S-Fruit Transformation 2020 – Synergy of the Berry Sector”, reports SEEDS.

“The most basic thing is that the berry should not be in the sun. In Poland, for example, carts covered with foil are used so that “direct sun” does not fall. There are special awnings or berries just left in the shade.

Cooling is a must for berries. The quicker the chilled, the better. The maximum for berries is 4 hours after harvest. Unlike apples, berries and stone fruits are very sensitive to temperature changes, ”said Anatoly Bogdan.

According to the director of Insolar-Cold, not only cooling time is important for storing berries, but also the quality of the freezing itself.

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“Freezing quality and storage quality all play an important role. The same strawberry garden (strawberries) can be put in an ordinary refrigerator. There it freezes for 8-12 hours, then it is pulled out, and after defrosting they get a shapeless mass that does not even look like a berry. But if you use shock freezing, when defrosting, such a berry will get almost its original shape, ”said Anatoly Bogdan.

An important fact for storing berries is quality. Not observing this simple rule, one can negate all the difficulties: lose crops and spend a lot of money to ensure the storage process itself, recalls the director of Insolar-Cold.

“It is quite natural that if we import low-quality berries for storage, they will remain poor-quality. Therefore, pre-sorting is very important for storage, ”added Anatoly Bogdan.

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