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Title: Development of a mechanised plantain slicer
Authors: Obeng, George Yaw
Keywords: Post-harvest
Processing method
plantain chips
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 24 No. 2, 2004 pp 126-133
Abstract: Cutting of bulk plantains into chips for local and foreign markets is a processing method, which reduces post-harvest losses of green or ripening plantain. The traditional method of slicing plantain with a kitchen knife is laborious, time-consuming and prone to injury, and can only be practiced on a very small scale of production. The mechanised slicer seeks to reduce the drudgery associated with traditional cutting of large-scale plantains into chips. The machine takes 5- 7 seconds to slice a finger of an average-size plantain into chips of 2-3mm in thickness compared to the 40-80 seconds with a kitchen knife, which gives non-uniform thickness of plantain chips. It was found to be very convenient, and the average thickness of plantain chips produced with the slicer compares favourably with commercial standards.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 24 No. 2, 2004 pp 126-133
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5109
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