Have you ever thought of the journey of sugar cane inside the factory?
Join me to explore how you get your everyday sweetener that adds sweetness to your dishes and happiness to your lives.
cane carrier or conveyor is the is the moving apron which conveys the cane into the factory. Cutting and leveling of cane is done by cane leveller which has a set of cane knives, and the shredded cane is sent through a series of crushing mills. Juice is extracted and clarified by addition of lime and sulphur dioxide .
The clarified juice is filtered and sent to the multiple effect evaporator where juice is boiled under vacuum and water from sugar solution evaporates and further concentration of syrup happens in the vacuum pan where initial crystallization begins and finally crystallization ends in the crystallizer. The sugar crystals are separated from the syrup by centrifugation, sugar is dried and transferred to bulk storage bins.
- Sugar is added to medicine as a preservative and antioxidant.
- As we all know is a cure to hiccups.
- It can soothe bee stings and bug bites when mixed with water and applied to the affected area.
- Relives tongue burn that happens when you eat food that is too hot.
- Helps soothe the sour throat
- In cosmetics, sugar is used as an exfoliator and also an excellent natural lip scrub.
- Sugar serves as an integral part of our food since age-old times.
- Baked, Confectionary products get their color, texture, flavor, taste because of sugar.
Around the world with food technology
DouxMatok a food technology company has successfully re-engineered a sugar reduction solution, where they enable a 30% reduction in sugar and salt while retaining the same sugar experience with low calorific value. They coat sugar with inert particles that carry them directly to the sweet receptors in the tongue. ( This is written to provide information to the readers ) Courtesy: Company’s official site.
Antioxidants for health
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress and also improve HDL or good cholesterol that will help you maintain good health.
Darker the chocolate you eat the healthier you are
During the lockdown, I know it is difficult to go and buy, so I am giving my readers a homemade chocolate recipe.
6 Tablespoons of cocoa powder,
3 Tablespoons of honey
1 Tablespoon of milk powder
3 Tablespoons of coconut or olive oil
Add Cocoa powder and milk powder together to the coconut oil and stir well to make a glossy mixture to this add honey or any sweetener of your choice and cook for about six minutes in low flame. Once the mixture warms, pour into your mold and leave it in your freezer for about 3 hours.
Cane sugar technology for life
The sugar cane juice becomes sugar and undergoes a phase change in the factory, it becomes a basic ingredient and performs various functions in different foods we eat. In the same way, different phases of life come with their unique responsibilities and make us better in some way or the other.
An interesting piece of information
The M&Ms are a part of the standard menu in space, and they are called candy-coated chocolates by Nasa. They not only serve as food but also as entertainment. Astronauts often release a handful of M&Ms and then catch them with their mouths as the pieces float around.
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