Vegetables are one of the most consumed foods in people’s daily diet. But for a long time, most of the vegetable varieties have not been processed and appeared on the farmer’s market. With the progress of society and the improvement of people’s living standards, clean vegetables that have been cleaned and chopped began to be welcomed by people. With the development and application of mechanical equipment, fresh-cut vegetables have basically realized streamlined production. After green vegetable washing machine, fruit and vegetable peeling machine, vegetable cutter, and other professional automatic equipment realize automatic cleaning. After cutting vegetables, fresh vegetables are programmed into vacuum-packed semi-finished products. So what is the application prospect of this kind of clean vegetable?
The origin of partially processed vegetables
The partially processed vegetables originated in the United States and were realized commercial operation in the 1960s. In foreign countries, clean dishes are usually called partially processed dishes or fresh-cut vegetables. Fresh-cut vegetables refer to vegetables that can meet the hygienic requirements of direct cooking or raw food after processing such as grading, washing, peeling, cutting, and packaging. Now high-quality clean vegetables have become the mainstream of vegetable consumption in developed countries such as Europe, America, and Japan. In Europe, America, Japan, and other countries, more than 90% of the vegetables are commercialized and processed before they enter the market.
Types of fresh-cut vegetables
According to research, there are currently three main types of clean vegetables on the market. According to the degree of processing of clean vegetables, it divides into fine vegetables clean vegetables, fresh-cut ready-to-use vegetables, and fresh-cut ready-to-eat vegetables.
Fine Vegetable Clean Vegetables are vegetables that are simply cleaned and packaged after removing the waste leaves of the vegetables.
Fresh-cut ready-to-use vegetables are vegetables that are vacuum-packaged after removing the skin, leaves, roots, etc. of the vegetables and then cutting them into pieces.
Fresh-cut ready-to-eat vegetables are vegetables that can be eaten after the vegetables are cleaned, cut, and packaged.
Green vegetable processing machines
With the development and application of clean vegetables processing machinery and equipment, clean vegetables basically realized assembly line production. Although the types of clean vegetables are not the same, the vegetable processing machinery is roughly the same. They include a vegetable selection line, green vegetable washing machine, sterilization machine, vegetable ticket soup machine, multi-function vegetable cutting machine, vegetable packaging machine, and other machinery. The use of fresh-cut vegetables not only greatly improves production efficiency, but also reduces manual operations to ensure the safety and hygiene of clean vegetables.
Fresh-cut vegetables processing prospects
At present, the consumer groups of fresh-cut vegetables are more oriented towards the catering industry. The increase in urban housing prices has made the labor costs of cutting vegetables, washing vegetables, and disposing of kitchen waste more and more expensive. Under this trend, cutting and matching clean vegetables can reduce the pressure in the kitchen. At the same time, it reduces the cost of food waste disposal. In addition, the form requirements of a variety of vegetable supplies highlight the advantages of diversified clean vegetable processing. The multi-function vegetable cutter has obvious advantages to meet the requirements of vegetable slicing, dicing, shredding, and other aspects. However, clean vegetable processing also faces some problems, such as distribution cost, distribution speed, quality, and so on. Some experts said that with the support of technology, cold chain logistics, and distribution, the cost and speed of clean vegetable distribution will greatly reduce. Under this kind of invitation frame, a variety of fresh-cut vegetables will have broad application scenarios in the future.