Cashew Processing-A tough nut to crack
Our company specializes in taking out cashew nut kernels intact from the shell and grading them carefully to superior standards required by top food companies all over the world.
The un-shelled nut is steamed to soften the shell and carefully cut open. The kernel is dried to loosen the skin which is then peeled off. Whole kernels are graded by size and color. Pieces are chopped into required sizes. After final QC including metal detection, they are packed in vacuum for freshness.
Our customers use cashews as ingredients in mixed nuts, trail mixes, chocolates, cakes, ice-cream, candy and various fine foods.
Steaming : The in-shell cashews are steamed under pressure to soften the shell. This causes the cashews inside to become loose and easier to remove in time.
Shelling : Each cashew shell is split open longitudinally and the cashew inside is immediately taken out by hand.
Drying : The skin on cashews is dried in an owen at low heat for a few hours to loosen the skin.
Peeling : The skin of each cashew is removed by hand and the cashew is simultaneously visually graded according to quality. Partial grading may be done in peeling machines..
Grading : The whole cashew kernels are individually graded by hand and machine according to count per pound.
Quality Inspection : The cashews of each grade are inspected according to the present quality standards for that grade.
Quality Control : Our cashews are then put through a set of quality assurance measures heating in an oven, metal detection, dust aspiration and handpicking conveyor.
Packing : Our cashews are packed in 50-pound (22.68 kg) or 25-pound multilayer barrier pouches in a modified atmosphere of low oxygen and high carbon dioxide and nitrogen. These pouches are placed in a carton. 10 kg tins are also used to pack kernels, as per customer requirements.