Steam injection for food processing

Steam Injection for Food and Beverage Processing

Pick Heaters serves the Food and Beverage processing industries in applications ranging from process heating to plant sanitation to in-line cooking.

The Food Industry's special challenges are perfect for Pick Direct Steam Injection. Throughout the food plant, from process heating to plant sanitation, Pick provides instant, unlimited hot water at a precise temperature.


When compared to indirect heat exchangers, Pick can cut energy costs up to 28%. Higher processing efficiency, lower energy costs and increased safety are but a few of the benefits.

Pick's 3-A Sanitary Heater is a proven performer, too. Heat, cook or sterilize water or slurry-type products in-line with a non-shearing action.

Application Solutions include:


Plant Clean Up and Sanitation

The Pick Variable Flow Direct Steam Injection Heater is the answer for general plant sanitation. Its unique design provides instantaneous hot water at a precisely controlled temperature over a wide operating range. Only Pick can accommodate wide variations in water flows and frequent start-stop applications such as hose stations and still deliver accurately controlled hot water on demand. It is ideal for a central heating system for all your plant sanitation and clean up needs.


Heating Jacketed Kettles

An increasing number of process engineers are switching from steam to hot water for jacketed heating, and the Pick Constant Flow Direct Steam Injection Heater is ideally suited to this closed loop application. The temperature in the jacket can be controlled much more accurately with hot water, eliminating hot spots, burn-on or thermal shock. With the Pick Heater, the process can be adjusted to any predetermined rate. And the Pick System is easily adapted to cascade controls allowing heat as well as heat/cool applications.


In-Line Cooking

The patented, award winning Pick Sanitary Jet Cooker heats, cooks or sterilizes water or slurry type food products on a continuous, straight-through basis, replacing slow batch processing. Its low velocity mixing and non-shearing design can handle even bite size pieces without damage to product texture or integrity.



Pick Direct Steam Injection Heaters provide two alternative methods to CIP. The Pick Sanitary 3A Heater, can be piped directly into your recirculation loop or the Pick Constant Flow Heater can be packaged to provide a fully automated caustic feed system to meet your requirements.



Pick's Direct Steam Injection technology offers several options for pasteurizing. Each one takes advantage of Pick's precise temperature control, ease of maintenance and compact size. Pick can be used for In-line, Tunnel, or Closed Loop/ Plate and Frame Hot Water Set Pasteurization.


Vegetable Can Topping

Because of its ability to deliver hot water on demand at precisely controlled temperatures, the Pick Heater is ideal for can topping. The Sanitary Jet Cooker can also heat syrups, slurries and other liquids for can topping.


IQF Freezer Defrosting

The Pick Variable Flow Heater is ideal for removal of ice build-up on multiple belt freezers or defrosting refrigeration coils. Its unique design can handle the variable water demands needed for sequencing wash cycles on multiple systems.


Nitrogen Gas Injection

The Pick Sanitary Heater provides thorough mixing and a non-shearing design to ensure product quality and integrity for nitrogen injection into foods like mayonnaise, peanut butter and edible oils to displace oxygen.


Confectionery/Starch Cooking

Due to its low velocity mixing and unique variable orifice design, Pick's Sanitary Jet Cooker is the ideal choice for starch and gelatin-based candy cooking. Temperatures of 285°-340°F (140°-171°C) are easily attainable, resulting in products with 80% solids. Reduced introduction of fine air reduces foaming and provides a consistently clear final product with little or no tailing.


Depositing of solids within design parameters is easily attainable, typical moisture pick up is generally ½%. On gelatin-based products the Pick Sanitary system will give you a near bubble free deposited product without the added cost of a vacuum chamber.


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Enhancing Food Processing Plant Safety and Efficiency with Steam Injection Heaters

One of the key aspects of the food industry is process heating, which is required for various purposes such as cooking, pasteurization, sterilization, and cleaning. One of the most effective and reliable methods of heating liquids and slurries in food processing plants is direct steam injection (DSI) heating.

Benefit of Precise and Accurate Temperature Control with Steam Injection Heaters

Direct Steam Injection (DSI) Heaters are systems that inject steam directly into a liquid or slurry to heat it up to a desired temperature. DSI heaters offer many advantages over other heating methods of heat exchange, but one of the most important benefits is their precise and accurate temperature control.

Benefits of Industrial Wastewater Treatment Using Direct Steam Injection

A Direct Steam Injection System can rapidly and accurately maintain temperatures for processing difficult materials, such as wastewater, and thereby increase the efficiency and reliability of the anaerobic digestion system.

Improve Your Waste Grease Recycling Process with DSI

Most brown grease from waste traps has historically ended up as landfill, but recognition of its value for production of fertilizer, biodiesel and other products, as well as more stringent EPA regulations, are driving a trend of brown grease recycling.

Advantages of Direct Steam Injection to Process Pet Foods

One effective method to consider for processing heated pet food products or supplements is through the use of the Direct Steam Injection (DSI) System.

Gas Injection - Food’s Secret Ingredient

Food production is a process that must be hygienic from start to finish. From the utensils to the equipment to the packaging, everything needs to be clean to ensure that the product will be fresh and sanitary for the customer. One of the most important steps of this process is gas injection, which is used to both manufacture and package food.

Ensuring Food Safety with DSI

Sanitization is critical to food production. Food production machines need to be sterile, or the food could potentially become contaminated. There are many ways to ensure food safety, and among them is direct steam injection (DSI).