As consumers continue to demand healthier food options, bakers and recipe innovators are looking to add more nutritional value to their products. One popular option we are seeing is the addition of more fruit to product development. There is one issue that arises when adding fruit to baked goods, and that is moisture content. The solution to combating this is drum dried ingredients.
What Is Drum Drying?
Drum drying is a method used to remove all liquid and moisture from fruit. It is first pureed and then placed into a rotating drum to dry at low heat. This process continues until the fruit is completely dry and can then be milled into flakes.
Our drum dried fruit flakes are both non-GMO and gluten-free. They bring bold flavors that are consistent year-round. Another great feature of the drum drying process is the fruit maintains its color and nutritional value, while offering the consumer a fruit-forward flavor.
What Drum Dried Fruits Does Seawind Offer?
Currently, Seawind Foods offers drum dried pineapple flakes and both banana flakes and powder. Both of these fruits are available year-round so that you can develop a tropical recipe in winter or a delicious banana bread mix in fall, all with consistent taste.
How To Use Drum Dried Fruit
Drum dried fruit can be used in a range of applications, including baked goods, juices, baby food, ice cream, and other frozen desserts. When baked or fried, drum dried fruits are not very likely to take on color, so if maintaining their natural color is important to your new recipe, this processing method is a great option.
Try adding these flakes or powder to muffin or bread mixes, yogurt, or other products your company might be developing to infuse them with a juicy fruit flavor without the liquid or moisture of fresh fruit.
We have also heard of some companies using drum dried flakes to develop the following:
- Workout beverages
- Nutrition supplements
- Energy chews
- Energy bars
- Meal replacements
The Seawind Foods Difference
Our experienced team at Seawind Foods ensures that you receive high-quality ingredients delivered with exceptional customer service.
Have you been searching for a specific ingredient but haven’t found it yet? Our team of experts can source ingredients that aren’t listed on our website; call us for more details. We also offer:
- custom cuts and sizes
- custom blends
We encourage you to read our previously written post “The Truth About Sulfur Dioxide And Your Food” for even more information about our fruit. Contact our team with any questions you have or to place an order today!