Focusing on the technology involved, this handbook describes the principles and the equipment used as well as the changes -- physical, chemical, microbiological and organoleptic -- that occur during food preservation. In so doing, the text covers in detail such techniques as post-harvest handling, thermal processing, evaporation and dehydration, freezing, irradiation, high-pressure processing, emerging technologies, baking, extrusion, frying and packaging. In addition, it addresses current concerns about the safety of processed foods and control of food processes, as well as the impact of processing on the environment and separation and conversion operations widely used in the food industry.
Scientists and engineers involved in food manufacture, research and development in both industry and academia will benefit greatly from the contents, as will students studying food related topics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Keywords: General & Introductory Food Science & Technology, food refrigeration, food industry, high pressure food processing, thermal food processing, food refrigeration, food safety, food manufacturing, food traceability, food quality assurance, food hygienic design, enzymes food processing, pulsed electric field food processing, food nanotechnology