Compact Slurry Ice machines for smaller applications
The benefits of using slurry ice are now also available for smaller applications. With the small series from Thor-ICE, smaller boats are able to bring to shore the freshest raw material possible. Using slurry ice has proven to be an effective quality boost for whitefish, pelagic, shellfish and on-shore processing.
For fishermen and vessel owners, chilling in bins gives the best and fastest possible effect available in today’s chilling industry. Using slurry ice also allows them to stay longer at sea as this form of chilling extends the shelf life of their raw material.
Correct chilling and handling has a major effect on the quality of fish, whether frozen or delivered fresh. Within the first hour after the catch comes on board a vessel, the fish should have reached a temperature close to or under 0°C. This can best be achieved by rapid chilling, using slurry ice. The positive effect of the “perfect”/correct handling of fish can be seen in the flesh and the shelf life is a direct consequence of the first hour of handling.
The most important factors to keep in mind concerning the benefits of rapid chilling are:
The growing fish farming industry in the world needs environmentally friendly processing methods to meet customers standards and increasing demands.
Processing of fish, weather on land or at sea, demands careful handling and constant monitoring of temperature. Slurry Ice is used in land based processing, where the Slurry Ice is used in bins or applied onto fish on the conveyor belts containing fish or
fillets travel between stations. This secures constant low temperature of the raw material. At the final station, the raw material has kept its low temperature all the way from chilling after catch to the final
processing or packing stage.
Modern fisheries have developed enormously during the last 20-30 years. Handling, trimming, packaging and storing have undergone constant and well planned development phases.
The next development phase is the Chilling phase, where chilling of raw material within the processing hall become the norm
Fast and rapid chilling of the raw material from catch to consumer is the ultimate goal of any fisheries and fish processing industry in the world.