Cashew Processing- A tough nut to crack
Our company specializes in taking out cashew nut kernels intact from the shell and grading them carefully to superior standards required by top food companies all over the world.
The un-shelled raw cashew nut is steamed to soften the shell and carefully cut open. The cashew nut kernel is dried to loosen the inner skin which is then peeled off. Whole cashew nut kernels are graded by size and color. Cashew nut pieces are chopped into required sizes. After final quality control QC including metal detection, they are packed in vacuum sealed pouches for freshness.
Our customers use cashew nuts as ingredients in mixed nuts, trail mixes, chocolates, cakes, ice-cream, candy and various fine foods.
Steaming : The in-shell raw cashew nuts are steamed under pressure to soften the shell. This causes the cashew nut inside the shell to become loose and easier to remove in time.
Shelling : Each cashew shell is split open longitudinally and the cashew nut kernel inside is immediately taken out by machine and sometimes with expert hands.
Drying : The skin on cashew nut kernels is dried in an oven at low heat for a few hours to loosen the skin.
Peeling : The skin of each cashew nut kernel is removed by high pressure machines and then by a helping hand of an expert lady and the cashew nut kernel is simultaneously visually graded according to quality. Partial grading may be done in peeling machines.
Grading : The whole cashew nut kernels are individually graded by hand and machine according to count per pound.
Quality Inspection : The cashew nut kernel of each grade are inspected according to the present quality standards for that grade.
Quality Control : Our cashew nut kernel are then put through a set of quality assurance measures heating in an oven, metal detection, dust aspiration and handpicking conveyor.
Packing : Our cashewnuts are packed in 50-pound (22.68 kg) or 25-pound multilayer barrier pouches in a modified atmosphere of low oxygen and high carbon dioxide and nitrogen. These pouches are placed in a carton. 10 kg tins are also used to pack kernels.