Clean-Flow - Continuous Water Blancher Cooker
Clean-Flow Blanchers were developed in 2007 to address the need for faster sanitation cleanup time so that prepared meal operations could run many different products in a day. All of our Clean-Flow designs feature Hydro-Flow® agitation, which guarantees a uniform process. You’re able to achieve a much higher quality product because every food item receives the same treatment. Under and over-cooking of pasta is eliminated. Losses from sticking and clumping are totally eliminated which increases recovery 10% to 15% compared to European cook-quench-chill systems.
- Higher recovery (5-15 percent)
- Higher quality products
- Higher throughput/volume
- Improved shelf life
- ZERO losses running spaghetti
- ZERO over and undercooking, completely uniform cooking
- Designed for super fragile food products
- Changeover in minutes
- Main auger and screen self-cleans 360 degrees
- Water plenum discharge self-cleans
Product is fed into the machine in a consistent, continuous motion. Depending on the application and plant requirements, the processor can adjust the controls to accommodate varying capacities and product retention times. Products may be particulates like rice, peas, broccoli or seafood. Pasta may be short goods like macaroni or long goods like spaghetti. The cook zone blanches, cooks or rehydrates products from chickpeas to quinoa, dry beans of all varieties, vegetables and/or fruit, pasta and rice. As product leaves the retention area, it gets picked up by a water plenum discharge, which gently carries it up to a wedge-wire screen for dewatering before exiting the machine.
Clean-Flow designs have an auger with a wedge wire screen underneath the auger located between 3:00 and 9:00 o’clock which contains product between the auger flights. For cleaning, the screen is driven by a large gear which rotates it 360° exposing the inside and outside as the auger turns at the same time. Spray manifolds swiftly clean the screen and auger. Lyco has Clean-Flow machines in North America, England, Ireleand, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland. This design has been called “The best pasta and rice cooker in the world!”
Lyco designed a revolutionary method of cooling called “Easy-Flow” which follows behind the Blancher. This machine cools most pasta shapes bringing the temperature down from 200° to 40°F in less than 30 seconds. That is productivity.