Process for Producing Compacted, Dehydrated, Uncooked Cabbage and Cabbage Product Thereof.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C
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The patent relates to a process for producing compacted, dehydrated, uncooked cabbage of increased density comprising subdividing fresh cabbage, treating the subdivided cabbage with aqueous sodium metabisulfite solution, removing the excess sodium metabisulfite solution, hot air blanching the cabbage, partially dehydrating the cabbage with heated air until its moisture content is reduced to about 5-8 percent by weight, partially rehydrating the cabbage to a moisture content of about 10 to 20 percent by weight with an aqueous solution of a food grade surface-active agent, equilibrating the solution of surface-active agent throughout the cabbage, compressing the partially rehydrated cabbage at a pressure of about 50 to 200 psi to obtain a compression ratio of about 71 to 151, redrying the compressed cabbage with heated air at about 55 to 65 deg C. until the moisture content thereof is reduced to no greater than 5 by weight, and packaging the compressed, dehydrated, uncooked cabbage in a hermetically sealed, moisture-proof container. Also, the compacted, dehydrated, uncooked cabbage obtained by the process described.
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