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The Journal of Community Health Management


MICROWAVE DRYING OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: A FOURTH GENERATION DRYING TECHNOLOGY


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Author Details: Ramya HG, Satish Kumar and Md. Shafiq Alam

Volume : 2

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-2738

Print ISSN : 2394-272X

Article First Page : 85

Article End Page : 88


Abstract

Drying of fruit and vegetables is one of the oldest forms of food preservation techniques for off season use. Although the primary objective of drying and dehydration is food preservation, yet, it lowers the cost of packaging, storing and transportation by reducing both the weight and volume of the final product. Microwave drying is a rapid dehydration technique that can be applied to specific foods, mostly to fruits and vegetables. A significant reduction in drying time in microwave drying is often accompanied by an improvement in product quality, making it a promising food dehydration technology.


Keywords: Drying, Microwave dryer, Advantages, Drawbacks, Comparative study.