Marinating bone-in and skin-on poultry products like wings, drumsticks, thighs, legs and whole or half birds adds flavor and boosts value. Traditionally this is carried out using tumbling only. Not only this is a time-consuming batch process, but it also leads to wet products at the outfeed and unsightly effects like skin slip. Combining injecting and massaging in the GEA Fresh enhanced line overcomes these drawbacks. GEA Food Solutions has a complete solution to increases efficiency, produce a more appetizing looking product and boost yield by up to 4%.
Bone-in and skin-on poultry parts present specific challenges for injection. Conventional needles have a tendency to break or deform when they hit bone, whereas larger diameters needles leave visible marks in the skin and damage the bone. To overcome these drawbacks, the poultry parts injection solution incorporates a GEA YieldJector, which has an exceptionally high number of injection points and works with sharp, small diameter GEA OptiFlex needles.
Due to core injection, the massaging step in the GEA ColdSteam T can be reduced to 20 minutes. Spices will stick better to the product, the batch will be drier and there will be less waste and drip. Shortening the massaging time also reduces the chance of skin slippage. As brine is injected rather than massaged, the marinade and dry spices will stick better to the product. The net result is increased yield, enhanced appearance and an improvement in processing efficiency.
Yield is most influenced by weight loss during further processing. The better the brine distribution and the lower the deviation between products, the higher the potential yield and capacity during the frying, cooking and/or roasting processes. Add to this the optimal frying control and oil filtration of the GEA EasyFry and the precisely controlled cooking process of the GEA CookStar and you benefit from the best possible processing efficiency.
To complete your line
To complete your line, GEA also has solutions for freezing, horizontal and vertical packaging. The GEA Freezers are designed for demanding applications and are configured to suit your business drivers. The GEA PowerPak range is an innovative thermoformer concept that meets the highest packaging standards for the most complex applications and highest output demands. And the GEA SmartPacker can help you to produce bag styles from pillow to more advanced stand up pouches like Quatro seal bags or Doystyle bags to stand out in the retail shelf.