Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsMy name is Afroditi Chatzifragkou, and I'm a lecturer in food processing. We are in a pilot plant, and this is an area that includes every bit of instrument that you will find in an industrial setting in the food industry. Of course, the scale is smaller. And the idea is that it helps us to develop new processes, new products, and, of course, preserve the nutritional value of food products for the consumer. Within the pilot plant area, we have lots of unit operations that are being used regularly in the food industry. We're going to focus on pasteurisation of apple juice, homogenisation of milk, and canning of peas. See you later in the course.

Welcome to the Pilot Plant

In the previous Step, you read that industrial food processing includes simple operations such as cutting, cleaning and packaging and more complex processes which can’t be carried out at home.

In Week 2, you’ll see three widely used food processing techniques in operation. Before that though, here’s Dr Afroditi Chatzifragkou with a preview of the Pilot Plant in the University of Reading’s Food and Nutritional Sciences Department. This is used both to research and develop new processes and to teach students about the processes employed in industry. In Week 2, you will watch videos filmed in this Pilot Plant that show what homogenisation, pasteurisation and canning processes look like.

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How is Food Made? Understanding Processed Food

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