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Dried Seaweed Processing Technology

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The dried seaweed processing plant can dehydrating the seaweed/kelp fast, smooth, non-sticky, and has good color. Dried seaweed/kelp is better than dried seaweed in terms of quality and color. The water content of seaweed is as high as 90%. The traditional drying process of kelp is best to dry it all at once on the same day, but in many areas it is not possible to achieve the ideal sunshine conditions. And the quality of dried seaweed is also very unstable.


In most coastal cities in my country, seaweed seedlings are generally cultivated from June to July, and June to July is the time when the sunshine is strongest and the temperature is the highest, so the season for harvesting seaweed misses the strongest sunshine conditions. Moreover, the drying area is large; the labor intensity is very high, and workers are required to constantly turn the seaweed to expose the various parts of the seaweed to the sun; the place where the seaweed is dried is poor in sanitation, the ground cannot be disinfected, and the seaweed is easily polluted by flies and insects; the humidity is difficult to complete controlled, easy to grow mold and deteriorate after storage.

Dried Seaweed Strip Processing Flow Chart

How to make dry seaweed?The following describes the process flow of the seaweed drying line: seaweed washingblanchingsalting→washingcoolingcuttingplacingdehydratingpackaging

seaweed-processing-plant.jpgWith the development of science and technology, more and more people use kelp drying line to dry kelp. A complete kelp silk drying line includes seaweed washing machine, seaweed blanching machine, salting, seaweed washing machine, and seaweed air drying. Cooling machine, seaweed cutting machine, pan plate, seaweed heat pump dryer, seaweed packaging machine.


Seaweed Cleaning: The seaweed from the kelp breeding base is lifted into the bubble cleaning machine by a hoist to clean and remove sediment and insects;


Seaweed Scalding: Put the seaweed into the boiling line and boil at a high temperature of 90℃~99℃;


Seaweed Salting: blanched and cooled salt (the amount of salt is 40% of the fresh seaweed)


Remove the seaweed salt: Wash the pre-treated seaweed 3 times to ensure that there are no foreign substances and the salt content is controlled below 0.2%.


Seaweed Cooling: Quickly air-dry at room temperature, cool and blanch the seaweed after salting and washing, and the excess water remaining on the surface;


Seaweed Cutting: Take out the air-dried and cooled seaweed, and use a professional seaweed cutting machine to cut the seaweed into seaweed threads, diamond seaweed, seaweed segments, etc.


Placing the seaweed strip into tray: Put the washed seaweed silk into the tray of the drying room, and push the cart filled with the seaweed silk tray into the heat pump drying room.


Seaweed drying process


1. The heating stage


Put the pallets with materials in the oven flat and not overlapping to avoid unnecessary air leakage caused by poorly placed pallets. Close the door, heat the temperature in the box to 50°, and heat for 1.5-3 hours. When there is moisture in the box, the moisture will start to drain, and the moisture will drain for about 2 minutes. After the moisture is drained, the temperature in the box will drop. Continue to supply hot.


2. Constant speed drying stage


This dried seaweed process is divided into two stages: high humidity and low temperature, middle humidity and middle temperature. In the high humidity and low temperature section, the temperature is less than 60 degrees, and the range is 55 degrees to 60 degrees. Avoid high temperature and high humidity from causing changes in the color of the material. Observe the change of water vapor on the surface of the seaweed and discharge moisture at any time. This time should be 3 to 3.5 hours. In the middle humidity and middle temperature section, the temperature is less than 60 degrees, and the range is 50 degrees to 60 degrees. In this section, the air inlet valve can be opened and the return air valve can be properly closed for the moisture removal. Reasonably adjust according to the amount of moisture.


3. Deceleration and shaping stage


Also known as the low humidity and high temperature section, the temperature in this section is 70 to 80 degrees, not more than 70 degrees in the early stage, and not more than 80 degrees in the later stage.

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Dried Seaweed Processing Machine Advnatages

Flexible

The seaweed drying machine is not controlled by weather changes and can be turned on and used at any time according to the dry condition of the seaweed;

Smart security

The whole machine of seaweed heat pump dryer is equipped with PLC control system + touch screen, with high degree of intelligence and linear upgrade of safety factor.

Environmentally friendly

The drying of seafood not only improves the quality of seaweed and saves energy consumption, but also must be environmentally friendly. The traditional baking barn uses combustible materials to bake, and emits toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, which endanger human health; the heat pump drying barn achieves zero emissions during the entire process, and truly green drying.

Energy saving

The application of high-temperature drying heat pump technology in the drying and dewatering of seaweed can save energy up to 90%. The heat pump drying room adopts independent heating curve control without manual intervention. One person can take care of multiple seaweed drying room machines at the same time. With the promotion of intensive drying rooms , The batch heat pump drying room has realized centralized control, which is more conducive to the liberation of labor.

Seaweed Dehydrations Advantages

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Seaweed is rich in kelp polysaccharides. So far, three kinds of polysaccharides have been discovered: algin, fucoidan, and alginate. It also contains acidic polysaccharides, fucogalactan sulfate, phytophyllin, galacturonic acid, laminarin, taurine, bifidus factor and other active ingredients. Seaweed is a kind of nutrient-rich edible brown algae, containing more than 60 kinds of nutrients. According to measurement, every 100g contains 8g protein, 0.1g fat, 0.57mg carotene, 0.09mg VB, 0.36mg VB1, 1.6mg niacin, 1.177mg calcium, 1.50mg iron, 2.16mg phosphorus, and also rich in alginic acid , Cellulose, mannitol and a variety of trace elements. Seaweed is low in calories, moderate in protein, and rich in minerals. It is an ideal natural marine food.



In addition to containing a variety of vitamins and trace elements, kelp seaweed also has a large amount of dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber has a high proportion. Dietary fiber refers to a plant component that is not decomposed by the human digestive tract enzymes. It can play a role in the human body through a variety of specific mechanisms, mainly including water swelling to increase satiety, accelerate gastric emptying, and lower the pH of the intestinal cavity. Promote the metabolism of bile acids, reduce blood cholesterol, improve the peripheral sensitivity of islet cells to reduce blood sugar, and promote the loss of energy in the body with feces, so as to achieve the effect of lowering blood sugar.

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