Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2016: $129,514.00
Projected End Date: 10/31/2019
Grant Recipient: University of Vermont
This is a summary of field trials conducted using the forced air coolers on 6 crops. We performed a series of precooling trials using small-scale forced air coolers to cool eggplant, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, zucchini, and roasting peppers. The forced air cooling was done in parallel with standard room cooling and was shown to result in cooling rates ranging from 1.2 to 2.2 times faster than room cooling. This test demonstrated the feasibility and benefit of simple forced air cooling systems to smaller scale farms.
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This product is associated with the project "The “In-Between”: Precooling and curing fruits and vegetables for improved quality and profit"