Anyone in the field of chocolate making knows how critical the equipment cleaning process is to the quality of the chocolates. Whatever be their specific type, all chocolates comprise ingredients such as cocoa, milk, cream, sugar, lecithin, emulsifiers and flavouring agents.
By their very nature, most of these ingredients are prone to spoilage within a short time.
Once you have completed a batch of chocolate manufacturing using a set of moulds and plaques, it is therefore imperative you wash the equipment thoroughly. A failure to do so will result in retaining of the chocolate ingredients on the moulds and plaques.
Dangers of Unclean Equipment
If the ingredients used in the manufacture of a single batch of chocolates are left behind on the chocolate moulds and plaques, these tend to act as the substrate for the growth of micro organisms.
Whether it is milk, sugar, cocoa or cream, all ingredients act as a source of carbohydrates and lipids that encourage the growth of bacteria and some fungi.
When such contaminated moulds and plaques are used in the manufacture of the next batch of chocolates, it poses a real danger to the health of those consuming the contaminated batch of chocolates.
Therefore, it is vital you clean your chocolate-making equipment thoroughly before re-use.
Chocolate Mould and Plaque Washer
A chocolate mould washer or plaque washer is one of the basic equipment any commercial chocolate manufacturer needs to use. What this equipment does is to first gently but thoroughly clean and then dry the moulds and plaques so that they are ready for the next manufacturing cycle.
Choosing a Good Chocolate Mould and Plaque Washer
When you are considering buying a chocolate mould washer or a chocolate plaque washer, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Find a plaque washer that has the right capacity to handle your chocolate moulds and plaques.
- Check the size of the chocolate mould washer and ensure you can comfortably accommodate it on your premises.
- Find out if the equipment and its cleaning process is simple.
- Get information about the wash and dry cycles and the number of moulds per hour the machine is capable of producing.
- It is advisable to choose a chocolate plaque washer that gives you completely dry moulds and plaques that can be stored having no residual moisture present.
- Consider the environmental impact of the machine, the cleaning agent and the cleaning process and as far as possible, select one that is the most environmentally-friendly.
Choosing a chocolate mould washer or a chocolate plaque washer may not be an easy task given the wide range of models available in the market. However, if you keep the above points in mind, you will definitely find the one that best suits your specific chocolate manufacturing operations.