Using boilers in seafood processing

Did you know that a boiler is one of the most crucial devices in the seafood processing industry? Boilers not only generate steam for cooking, drying, sterilizing, or maturing seafood products but also ensure food safety, enhance product quality and longevity, and save energy and operating costs. In this article, Naan will introduce you to the role and requirements of boilers in the seafood processing industry, as well as some of their benefits and applications.

1. Role and Requirements of Boilers in the Seafood Processing Industry

Boilers are devices that use fuel to boil water to produce steam for meeting thermal requirements in various industries, including the seafood processing industry. Boilers can pose hazards such as pressure explosions, burns, electric shocks, environmental pollution, so they need to comply with safety regulations during operation.

Seafood processing line using a boiler
Seafood processing line using a boiler

Some basic requirements for boilers in the seafood processing industry include:

  • Boilers must be manufactured and installed according to safety technical standards, and before being put into use, they must undergo safety technical inspections and be registered for use as required.
  • Boiler operators must have sufficient professional qualifications, health, and training, having passed examinations on professional knowledge, safety operating procedures for boilers, and must be assigned responsibilities in writing by the employer.
  • Boilers must have all necessary safety devices such as safety valves, pressure gauges, water level gauges, overheat protection devices, water-stop devices, air-drying devices, dust filters, exhaust fans, and smoke pipes, etc. They must be inspected, maintained, operated, repaired, and examined according to the correct technical procedures.
  • Water and ice used in the boiler must meet quality standards and not adversely affect food safety.
  • Equipment and utensils used in the boiler must be cleaned and disinfected regularly, avoiding cross-contamination between different types of food.
  • Food processed by boilers must have a clear origin, be stored at appropriate temperatures and humidity, and not exceed the expiration date.
  • Food business operators using boilers must have a food safety certification as required.

2. Benefits and Applications of Boilers in the Seafood Processing Industry

Boilers bring various benefits to the seafood processing industry, including:

  • Reducing the risk of microorganisms and ensuring food safety: Boilers can kill harmful bacteria and microorganisms in seafood by raising the temperature, preventing infectious diseases and protecting consumer health.
  • Improving product quality and longevity: Boilers can inhibit oxidation processes, preserving the flavor, color, and texture of seafood, thereby increasing the value and shelf life of the product.
  • Saving energy and reducing operating costs: Boilers can use efficient and flexible fuels such as gas, oil, coal, etc. They can adjust steam levels according to demand and minimize heat loss, saving energy and reducing operating costs.
Seafood cooked with hot steam
Seafood cooked with hot steam (Photo: Skynews)

Some applications of boilers in the seafood processing industry include:

  • Cooking: Boilers can cook various seafood such as shrimp, crab, fish, etc., using hot steam to quickly and evenly cook food, preserving the freshness and nutrition of the food.
  • Drying: Boilers can dry various seafood such as squid, dried fish, etc., using dry steam to remove the moisture from the food, creating crispy and flavorful products that are easy to store and transport.
  • Sterilization: Boilers can sterilize various seafood such as oysters, clams, etc., using high-pressure steam to kill bacteria and microorganisms in the food, ensuring food safety and extending the storage time.
  • Maturing: Boilers can mature various seafood products such as canned fish, fish balls, etc., using high-temperature steam to uniformly cook the food and preserve its flavor and quality.
  • Steaming: Boilers can steam various seafood such as steamed crabs, steamed fish, etc., using moist steam to gently cook the food and maintain its sweetness and tenderness.

These are some applications of boilers in the seafood processing industry that Naan wants to share with you. Hopefully, you have gained more knowledge and understanding of boilers and their role in this industry. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Naan is always ready to help.