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CSIR-CFTRI scouts for tech-transfer in fish, meat, chicken, egg wafers
Monday, 17 July, 2023, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
CSIR- Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) is now looking for technology transfer opportunities from entrepreneurs who are engaged in food and beverage processing.

Some of the products that the Mysuru-based institute developed are fish wafers, meat wafers, chicken and egg wafers. These are positioned as snack foods and  products with a lot of promise. These were presented at the recently-concluded One Week One Lab (OWOL), a theme-based campaign held at the CFTRI campus.

Fish, meat and egg wafers can be readily fried in any cooking oil or the dehydrated product can be used as ready to fry.  These products can be introduced in school feeding programmes. Product can be prepared in shape with 1.5 to 2 mm thickness. It contains more energy material. It can be fried under normal condition. Product may be packed in flexible pouches at low moisture and oxygen transmission.

According to CFTRI, the product has excellent market potential since it contains sufficient quantity of carbohydrate, protein and mineral content. All the raw materials are indigenously available. The raw material confirms the general food standard. Major equipment required are meat mincer, cooker, slicer, fryer and dryer.

The technical assistance cell dealing with the products shared the economics of the project. The capacity of production is - 100 kg/day and the cost of plant/equipment is around Rs 3 lakh.

In the case of meat wafers, starch, sheep or goat lean meat, sugar, and salt are used as the raw materials for the products. 

The process for manufacturing of meat wafer involves following steps: dressed meat, de-boning, mincing, mixing of ingredients, moulding, cooking, cooling, conditioning, slicing, drying, frying and packing.

The major equipment required are meat mincer, bowl chopper, cooker, nitrogen packing machine, mixer, cooler, slicer, boiler, fryer and dryer.

Sharing the details of the production capacity and other related information, CFTRI said that for the manufacture of 100 Kg / day across 300 days per annum there is need for a rented building. The working capital needed is Rs 2.10 lakh for 15 days. The cost of plant/equipment is Rs 7 lakh. 

In the case of chicken wafers, they are to be used as a snack food. The product can be readily fried in any cooking oil or the dehydrated product can be used as ready to fry.  Chicken wafers can be introduced in school feeding programmes. Product can be prepared in shape with 1.5 to 2 mm thickness.  It contains more energy material.  It can be fried under normal condition.  Product may be packed in flexible pouches at low moisture and oxygen transmission. The cost of  plant/equipment is around Rs 3 lakh.

In the case of egg wafers, starch, egg, sugar, rice flour, garlic powder and salt are used as the raw materials for the products. The major equipment required are mixer, cooker, nitrogen packing machine, heat sealer, slicer, boiler, fryer and dryer. The working capital needed is Rs 1.09 lakh for 15 days and the cost of plant/equipment is Rs 4.80 lakh.
 
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