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Research Project: New Sustainable Processing Technologies to Produce Healthy, Value-Added Foods from Specialty Crops

Location: Healthy Processed Foods Research

Title: Microwave processing heats up

item McHugh, Tara

Submitted to: Food Technology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/12/2016
Publication Date: 10/1/2016
Citation: McHugh, T.H. 2016. Microwave processing heats up. Food Technology. 70(10):63-65.

Interpretive Summary: This article is a review of microwave processing in foods. It describes application of the technology, as well as basic principles of microwave heating.

Technical Abstract: Microwaves are a common appliance in many households. In the United States microwave heating is the third most popular domestic heating method food foods. Microwave heating is also a commercial food processing technology that has been applied for cooking, drying, and tempering foods. It's use in pasteurization, as well as sterilization of foods, is more limited. This column will review various microwave heating applications in the food industry, as well as the basic principles of the technology.