The need for conservation of agricultural produce is highly essential considering the global food crisis. There are several fruits and vegetable preservation methods that do not normally conserve the nutritional values of the produce. This led to the development of Air blast freezer which gives room for conservation of nutritional and organoleptics values of compatible fruits and vegetables. The system was designed for a cooling capacity of 0.83116 based on average ambient temperature of 270C, condensing and evaporating temperatures of 400C and -20C respectively. The system can handle 20 of fresh fruits and vegetables or combination of both. The system, when tested has a coefficient of performance (COP) of 3.55. It is capable of preserving fruit and vegetable samples for 14 days without significant change in the quantity of nutritional values and the organoleptic condition of the samples
PAPER TITLE :PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF AN AIR BLAST FREEZER FOR THE STORAGE OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1 2012
- Author(s) : AKINTUNDE, M.A. and AJAYI, S.I.