Your delicious Ready Stews is one of the most innovative products in the Nigerian marketplace currently. As with many innovative products, there are usually a lot of questions that don’t have simple answers. This article will go a long way to demystify the entire process involved in the production of Ready Stews. The main stages involved are as follows: Collection & Storage of Raw Materials
High-quality raw materials are received at our factory from approved suppliers throughout Nigeria. We have access to premium quality tomatoes, onions, peppers, and many other ingredients that contribute to the finished product you consume. They are received in optimum conditions and ready to be used in your stews.
Inspection & Sorting
Inspection takes place to pick out the most suitable produce of the bunch, ensuring that only the highest quality raw materials are eventually used. Then comes the sorting, in which the inedible parts of these ingredients are taken off. This could include removing the stalk of peppers, peeling the outer layers of onions, and similar activities to make the ingredients ready for use.
At this stage, the ingredients/raw materials are washed rigorously for an extended period. They undergo several washing cycles, alongside washed using treated water. Ozone is applied at the last cycle to put a finishing touch.
At this stage, the ingredients are blended to a consistency in which it can be cooked with the highest efficiency.
This is the main part of the entire process. The cooking follows basically the same processes as your home-made stews, except that this is done on an industrial scale. During the cooking, conditions including temperature, relative density alongside many others are controlled in order to get the best possible results. There’s a strict adherence to international hygiene standards and industry best practices during this process.
Hot Filling & Sealing
After cooking, the cooked stew is held at a certain high temperature during filling into the sachet that becomes the final packaging material. This process is called hot filling, and it’s done in order to sterilize the product before it’s ready to be packaged.
It’s also worth noting that after filling, the stews are sealed immediately. This is done to nullify micro-organisms that could cause spoilage in food, and also to prevent oxygen from entering into the product (this is a leading cause of spoilage).
Once the products are sealed, it is blast cooled rapidly. Coding information is subsequently added to the products as is the standard practice. The products are then quarantined for a short period of time, which marks the final phase of its production. After this, your Ready Stews is fit for consumption by members of the public.
The processes above are the reasons why Ready Stews maintains an incredible homemade taste, and needs no artificial preservatives to keep it shelf stable. We trust this has been an insightful look into the production of the stews you know and love.