Pea Harvest Maturity by Tenderometer

Application

Most pea processors pay their growers based on the Tenderometer value of the peas delivered to the processing plant. A Tenderometer Unit is a direct measure of the maturity and quality of the raw product being supplied, analyzed in bulk.

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Preparation

TU tenderometer pea freshness testerAs with any food texture measurement, preparation of the sample is critical in producing reliable results. First, a sample of raw shelled peas representative of the lot to be tested must be obtained. The sample size should be at least two to three times that required for testing. An average of five readings on each sample will minimize errors due to normal field and sampling variables. Wash the sample with room temperature water to remove extraneous material, under developed peas and assure uniform temperature.

 

 

 

 

 

Test Procedure

On all modern FTC Tenderometers, the operator simply fills the Test Cell and slides the box and lid into place.

The auto cycle function allows for one button operation of the system by simply pressing the “START” button. The speed is preset from the factory so that the down stroke is 30 seconds. At the completion of the test, the system automatically resets for the next test and the operator records the peak force in Tenderometer Units.

 

Benefit

  • Determining harvest date
  • Buying on grade
  • Estimating yield
  • Adjusting quality separators
  • Predicting finished quality, tenderness and freshness

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As a seasonal vegetable processor, understanding crop maturity and the accuracy of this measurement is key to staying ahead of crop and knowing when to make the move from value to premium product as harvest time constraints permit.

The TU units provided by FTC give us the accuracy to work to much tighter tolerances, replacing older less accurate analogue equipment which in turn can affect final product grading and profitability.

The units are well designed, very low maintenance and are backed up with a strong support service which will allow them to provide many years of accurate, reliable service.

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Technical Manager
http://www.eyefreeze.co.uk/

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http://www.riviana.com/

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