Why Milne MicroDried is the Top Choice for Dried Cranberries and Other Fruits
Pieces of fruit, like a dried cranberry, are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are not part of a balanced diet, but also serve as a great natural additive for a variety of products. An increasing number of food manufacturers are turning to Milne MicroDried, a trusted supplier of powdered, fragments and dried cranberries sized for different applications.
Cranberries are traditionally incorporated in juices or sauces, but this tangy fruit offers much more when used as an ingredient for salads, pastries, and other baked goods. A dried cranberry can be used in many mouth-watering recipes, and health and wellness products needing color and a tart flavor. At Milne MicroDried we provide dried cranberries as whole pieces, fragments, slices or powder. Read on to see why Milne MicroDried is a top choice for dried cranberries and other fruits.
Milne MicroDried Benefits
- Enhancing Your Ease of Use
Cranberries and fruit, in their natural state are fragile, spoil quickly, and are difficult to ship. Milne MicroDried’s trademarked processes address those issues and more, which makes it easier for food handlers to incorporate wholesome, flavorful dried cranberries and fruits into their product lines.
By ease of use, we mean creating both organic and traditional ingredients that can pass through any sort of processing, packaging and transportation. Therefore, we can get food products to end consumers while maintaining the most appealing characteristics of the cranberries. Dried fruit should be packed with natural color and delicious flavor, and maintain the desired texture and consistency you can expect from Milne MicroDried products.
- Great Versatility
Milne MicroDried supplies a whole host of fruit and vegetable ingredients that can be used as ingredients in a number of processes. These include IQF frozen berries, and dried fruit and vegetables provided in form of powders, whole pieces, fragments and more. We provide more than 30 different varieties and many organics of processed fruits and vegetables which include:
- Dried Cranberry
- Dried Pineapple
- Dried Blueberries
- Dried Peas
- Dried Sweet Potatoes
- Dried Strawberries
- Dried Raspberries
- Dried Cauliflower
- Dried Golden Berries
Each dried cranberry can be processed in a crunchy or chewy texture from and in different piece sizes so that food handlers can get the consistency and texture they are looking for in their products.
Milne MicroDried has been used in a huge variety of products, including (but certainly not limited to):
- Drink Mixes
- Frozen Yogurt
- Protein Bars
- Granola Bars
- Ice Creams
- Trail Mixes
- Energy Bars
- Popcorn Mixes
- Ease of Transportation
Fruits are naturally dense and cranberries in particular contain a lot of water, which makes them fairly heavy and pricey to transport. Decreasing the water weight of cranberries can dramatically lower shipping costs. Usually, the process of drying gets rid of roughly 75-80% of the water content in the cranberries while still preserving the deliciousness and nutritional value of the cranberries.
The end result is more solids and less water activity per pound. Food manufacturers who want the mouth appeal and nutritional value of cranberries, but need to make their handling easier and transport cheaper, should look into using dried cranberries and fruits.
Our dried cranberry and other lines of fruit have great durability and are easy to handle. We process them in a way that allows for better blending, mixing, packaging and shipping. The key is to lower water levels within the cranberry without altering the skin or membrane to maintain the size and shape of the food ingredient. We have perfected this process, so you can expect to get products that are long lasting and easy to use for your food making processes.
- Extended Shelf-Life
Without the use of preservatives, some manufactures worry that the cranberries and fruit will rot. After all, when fresh, cranberries can lose their taste and structural integrity fast, and spoil quickly. Today, there are food frying technologies that make it possible to lengthen the shelf-life of cranberries and other fruits without removing their useful nutrients.
However, some drying techniques still use additives such as sweeteners and other preservatives, which dilutes the nutritional content of the fruit. This is a big compromise even if it is done for the sake of a longer shelf-life. At Milne MicroDried, our patented drying processes allow dried fruits to have a two-year shelf life without the use of additives and preservatives.
- Reliable Quality
Milne MicroDried has gained a reputation for offering timely shipments of the highest quality organic ingredients to the food manufacturing industry. Our services are valued by small entrepreneurial shops as well as some of the largest and most recognized food brands worldwide.
- MicroDried Preserves the Nutritional Content of Each Dried Cranberry
Many of our offerings are “super fruits” and “super foods”. We put great effort into preserving the natural health benefits of these cranberries and fruits without incorporating preservatives or coloring agents. Every dried cranberry is naturally high-fiber, allergen-free, low-fat and gluten-free. We utilize GMO-free fruits and vegetables and even have a Non-GMO certificate to ensure that you are getting the best quality possible.
Each dried cranberry highly nutritious. Here are some nutritional facts about cranberries:
- Have essential amino acids
- Contain trace amounts of vitamin A, B-complex and K
- Good source of fiber
- Packed with antioxidants
- Rich in vitamin E
- Contain bioactive compounds like quinic, citric acid and malic
- Have small amounts of copper, iron, manganese and other minerals
- Contain lutein and zeaxanthin nutrients.
All those properties make dried cranberries great at protecting against cardiovascular ailments, urinary tract issues, and cancer.
- Clean labels
All products produced by Milne MicroDried do not have any preservatives, additives, artificial flavors, fillers or artificial colors. We are just adding a single ingredient to food items with field-to-delivery traceability. End-products from food companies can thus be cleanly labeled with just a single ingredient.
Compare Cranberry Drying Processes – Why MicroDried is Superior
Sun dehydration is among the oldest preservation methods in history used to dry meats, vegetables, and liquid products like milk. It also works for cranberries, but this method alters their flavor and texture. In many cases, sun drying causes the cranberries to have less mouth appeal, and some try to fix this situation by adding artificial sweeteners.
On the other hand, Milne MicroDried drying techniques work differently. They enable customization of the cranberry’s final structure, texture and moisture content. MicroDried technology works to retain most of the natural flavor hence eliminating the need for incorporating sugar or syrups. This technology meets industry certification standards for USDA, AIB, Kosher, BRC and Organic, as well as consumer expectations.
Most times, air drying causes fruits to lose their color, shape and size. MicroDried technology is a better drying process as it maintains uniform texture in the product. It is suitable for drying cranberries and other fruits or vegetables and finishing them as whole pieces, coarse or fine powders, wedges, slices, fragments and cubes, making it the most attractive drying technique for food manufacturing applications.
Unlike some infused drying processes that soak fruit in fruity baths, our MicroDried drying process doesn’t include artificial sweeteners, coloring or preservatives. Our technique is unique as it dries the cranberry without significantly changing its structural integrity. MicroDried whole fruit pieces are eye-catching and have a higher content of nutrients compared with some other drying methods.
MicroDried’s Drying Process
The trademarked technology used to dry cranberries at Milne MicroDried creates additive-free, preservative-free and nutritious dried cranberries, fruits and vegetables. Our process preserves the majority of the fruit’s properties except water content. Everything else, including the color and flavor is better retained in comparison to other processes of drying.
MicroDried technology results in 100% fruit ingredients without artificial sweeteners, coloring or preservatives. Moreover, it leaves the fruit naturally sweet and uniquely textured, thus greatly improving its mouth appeal. Many other drying methods result in fruit with deteriorated color and poor mouth appeal because of the texture changes that occur in the drying process.
Milne MicroDried’s innovative method involves drying cranberries in a vacuum with microwave heat. During the heating process, the fruit or vegetable gradually loses water and the vacuum prevents it from losing its shape under air pressure. This way, the final item is larger and looks and tastes better.
The MicroDried drying technique has great versatility, so the texture, size, shape and moisture content can be easily customized to make a variety of ingredients for multiple applications while still maintaining the taste or desired mouth appeal. Other drying methods often result in loss of essential nutrients, decay in natural flavor, and poor color. Likewise, MicroDried’s drying technique can preserve much of the fruit’s attractive properties.
Conclusion – Superior Dried Cranberry Supplier
The patented MicroDried food preservation methods have been leading to the creation of more nutritious dried cranberries, fruit, and vegetables that have a longer shelf-life. This innovative drying technology decreases nutritional loss in the drying process and make it easier to preserve most of the essential nutrients.
MicroDried’s innovative drying techniques stands out from the rest because it results in enhanced mouth appeal, portability, ease of use, shelf-life and texture. With the ability to preserve the cranberry’s natural flavor and colors, we eliminate the need for using coloring agents, artificial sweeteners or preservatives, thus maintaining the nutritional value of products.
All our products are completely natural without any chemical additives, allowing food manufacturers to have clean label ingredient statement on their products. They are rich in nutrients and packed with health benefits as they are believed to retain greater amounts of polyphenols than other drying methods. Milne MicroDried products have real fruit color and flavor and improved nutrition.
In just a short period, our company has become a favorite among manufacturers of consumer products and pet food manufacturers from different parts of the world. We are very proud of this accomplishment.
Source of nutritional facts: https://www.livestrong.com/article/376709-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-dried-cranberries/
To get a free sample of dried cranberries, vegetables or any other fruits, or to get more information about the products Milne MicroDried provides, please contact us at 208-461-5100. You can also browse our website to learn more about our numerous offerings.