Freezing Technology

With over 32 years of experience, Food Service Systems Inc. is dedicated to sourcing the highest quality produce from farms around the world. To ensure the freshness and flavor of our products, we employ advanced freezing technologies. There are two prominent freezing methods utilized in our operations: Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) and Wet Pack. By leveraging these innovative techniques, we can maintain the nutritional value, texture, and taste of our produce, allowing customers to enjoy the best quality ingredients all year round.

IQF (Individual Quick Freezing)

IQF (Individual Quick Freezing)

Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) is a cutting-edge freezing method that involves freezing individual pieces of food separately. This process preserves the natural texture, flavor, and nutrient content of the produce, providing a high-quality frozen product.

  1. Rapid Freezing: IQF uses ultra-low temperatures (-30 to -40 degrees Celsius) to freeze products quickly. This rapid freezing process forms small ice crystals, preventing the formation of large ice crystals that can damage cell structures and compromise the quality of the food. By minimizing the formation of ice crystals, IQF preserves the original texture, taste, and appearance of the produce.
  2. Individual Piece Preservation: In the IQF process, each piece of food is frozen individually, preventing clumping and maintaining the integrity of the product. This ensures that fruits, vegetables, and other food items retain their individual shape, making them easy to handle, portion, and cook. IQF is particularly beneficial for delicate items such as berries, diced vegetables, and seafood.
  3. Retention of Nutritional Value: IQF is renowned for preserving the nutritional value of frozen produce. The quick freezing process effectively locks in vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, maintaining the natural goodness of the food. As a result, customers can enjoy the same nutritional benefits as they would from fresh produce.

Wet Pack Freezing

Wet Pack freezing, also known as glazing or block freezing, is a traditional method of freezing that involves immersing food items in a liquid solution before freezing. This technique is suitable for certain types of produce and offers its own set of advantages.

  1. Moisture Retention: Wet Pack freezing helps retain moisture within the food, reducing the risk of dehydration and maintaining the desired texture. This is particularly advantageous for certain fruits, such as berries, that are prone to drying out during freezing.

  2. Protection from Freezer Burn: Freezer burn occurs when moisture within the food evaporates, leading to changes in texture, taste, and quality. Wet Pack freezing helps create a protective layer of ice around the food, preventing direct contact with the air in the freezer and minimizing the risk of freezer burn.

  3. Convenient Storage and Portioning: Wet Pack freezing often involves freezing food items in bulk, creating larger blocks or containers of frozen produce. This method allows for efficient storage and easy portioning, making it convenient for food service operations and large-scale meal preparation.

Wet pack freezing for fruit & vegetables
Deciding the best freezing methods for fruit & vegetables

Choosing the Right Freezing Method

The selection of freezing method depends on various factors, including the type of produce, intended use, and customer preferences. At Food Service Systems Inc., we carefully consider these factors to ensure optimal preservation and maintain the quality of our products.

  1. Product-Specific Considerations: Certain fruits, vegetables, and seafood are better suited for IQF due to their delicate nature, while others may benefit from Wet Pack freezing to preserve moisture and protect against freezer burn. Our experienced team evaluates each product to determine the most suitable freezing method.
  2. Customized Solutions: Food Service Systems Inc. understands that different customers have unique requirements. We offer customized freezing solutions to meet specific needs, ensuring that the produce we source and freeze aligns with our customers’ preferences and operational requirements.
  3. Quality Assurance: Regardless of the freezing method employed, Food Service Systems Inc. maintains stringent quality assurance processes. We prioritize food safety, traceability, and compliance with industry regulations to ensure that our frozen produce consistently meets the highest standards.

Food Service Systems Inc. relies on state-of-the-art freezing technologies to deliver the freshest and most flavorful produce to our customers. IQF and Wet Pack freezing methods play vital roles in preserving the quality, taste, and nutritional value of our products. With over 32 years of experience, our commitment to excellence in sourcing and freezing ensures that our customers can enjoy the best quality ingredients year-round. Trust Food Service Systems Inc. for innovative freezing techniques that uphold the integrity and taste of our carefully selected produce.

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