The Sormac Way To Produce Baby Carrots

Tasty and healthy: BABY CARROTS!! At schools and in canteens, but also at home after work, the search is on for healthy alternatives to unhealthy snacks.

Vegetable processors have cleverly responded to this trend by offering aromatic and crispy baby carrots. And Sormac is ready to lend a hand by providing specialised equipment. Sormac lines currently produce many tons of baby carrots in Italy and France, Ukraine and Russia, Scandinavia and Canada, but also in South Africa and Israel ? a list that will shortly be joined by Mexico.

Producing baby carrots requires specialised machines for the various stages of the production process. These are:

  • Cutting
  • Grading
  • Peeling
  • Polishing
  • Cooling
  • Cutting

Two methods are used to cut the commonly used, long, thin Imperator carrots:

  • Random cutting using the WSS process cutter and removing the small pieces.
  • The carrots are cut at random in the cutter, usually to a pre-determined size of 55 mm. Removing undersized pieces afterwards with a vibratory grader ? or a piece remover ? also removes the topped and tailed pieces.

In the WOS-2A the carrots are topped and tailed precisely, so that less waste needs sorting manually at a later stage.

Grading

The end product is more attractive if carrot prices of approximately an identical diameter are processed. Sormac therefore advises grading cut carrot pieces according to diameter.

The roller grader type WRS is ideal for this purpose. The WRS is one of the few machines on the market that is made entirely from stainless steel, and it is renowned for its robust design.

To retain the flavour characteristics it is essential to cool the graded carrots properly, so they enter the following stages of production as fresh as possible.

Peeling/

The carrot pieces assume their final shape during peeling. Using revolver peelers ensures the products remain in constant motion. The high quality construction of the machine means that Sormac can guarantee a distance of less than 4 mm between the rollers. This avoids even the smallest carrots becoming stuck between the rollers, which otherwise causes unnecessary waste and damages the surface.

Whereas peeling shapes the actual carrot, polishing creates an attractive surface. The peeler and the polisher are basically identical, however a much finer grade carborundum is used on the rollers in the polisher to achieve the polishing effect.

Cooling

The friction caused by peeling and polishing warms the carrot up by a few degrees. After any unwanted pieces have been removed on an inspection table, or possibly by a vibratory grader, the carrots can be cooled to approximately 3C. This process takes place in a hydrocooler, which Sormac can delivery with or without a cooling unit. The advantage of the hydrocooler is that any left-over peel can be rinsed away before the new-born baby carrots can be bagged clean, cool and unbeatably fresh!

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WASHING

PEELING

PEELING

CUTTING

CUTTING

SHREDDING

SHREDDING

DRYING

DRYING

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CONVEYING

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SORTING

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