Hoping for some quick responses.
Working with a new start business producing indian ready meals
They have been hot filling and sealing the trays (within 30 mins of cooking) then blast chilling the trays.
The trays are buckling and the film is coming away - propose we blast chill the bulk raw materials, once down to <5 store in the fridge then bring out the bulk cooked material in small batches to fill and seal the trays and put them back in the fridge. The process is very manual - hand weighing and hand sealing.
Is it better to hot fill the trays? - all micro has been done on this method so I understand we need to re-do the micro'
Does anyone have any experience of packing ready meals. Any help would be hugely appreciated - we're struggling!
We are using cadboard trays which are not sealing properly and buckling (albeit intermitently) when they come out of the blast chiller - which looks really poor. Awaitng the packaging supplier's response on this.
Any thoughts on the proposed new method??