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INSTANT PASTA
Introduction Suprex Instant Pasta Flour from Tekco is a special blend of pre-cooked durum wheat flour, developed as a basic ingredient for the production of instant pasta. Suprex Instant Pasta Flour is produced naturally by means of a special extrusion process of a blend based on premium quality durum wheat semolina. Suprex Instant Pasta Flour has very good functional properties, making it easy to handle in the instant pasta production process. The use of Suprex Instant Pasta Flour has the following benefits: • Energy saving • Better end product quality, both because steaming and/or boiling of the product is not necessary • Can be used by all producers with traditional pasta lines without the need of cooking equipment; no investments required

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Product description and characteristics of instant pasta Instant pasta can be used in convenience food products, similar to the concept of cups or beakers containing instant meals consisting of a dehydrated filling of pasta, sauce and dehydrated vegetables. These products are prepared by adding boiling water giving a product that is ready for consumption within a few minutes.

Process description of the actual instant pasta production (shaping) In the production of traditional instant pasta the press, ingredient quantities as well as the mixing, kneading, extrusion and cutting processes have been standardised. After leaving the die, the shaped pasta is pre-dried to prevent the product from losing its shape. After the pre dryer traditional instant pasta is precooked. At this point it is cooked for several minutes, in a boiling water tank, until more than 90% of the starch, and (as a consequence) the pasta, has been cooked. Some producers make use of a steamer instead of a boiling water tank. In both ways of pre-cooking, the pasta absorbs a lot of water and loses quality in terms of shape and taste of the product. The high water absorption results in a longer drying time. As a result, longer, more expensive, dryers are required and a lot more energy is used for drying. Compared to regular dry pasta production, additional equipment for precooking, like a steamer or a boiling water tank, is required. This equipment uses a lot of water and energy. The remaining water used for boiling is polluted with water soluble elements from the pasta.

TEKCO PLANT: Malkara Yolu 7. km. 59160 Tekirdag - TURKEY • Tel: +90 282 229 20 25 • Fax: +90 282 229 20 27 HEAD OFFICE: Dünya Ticaret Merkezi A-1 Blok No: 368 Yeşilköy - Istanbul - TURKEY • Tel: +90 212 465 78 10 • Fax: +90 212 465 78 11 info@suprex.info • www.suprex.info

See figure 1 for a comparison of the traditional and the Tekco Instant Pasta preparation method.info • www. a pasta producer only needs to use the required die for the shape of the instant pasta that he desires and a conventional pasta making process for production. Figure 1: Comparison Tekco and traditional instant pasta Traditional method Codrico method Durum grits Durum grits Cooking extrusion Suprex Instant Pasta Flour Shaping extrusion (thin wall size) Shaping extrusion (thin wall size) Cooking in bath Drying from 80% -> 7% moisture Drying from 80% -> 7% moisture Instant pasta Instant pasta .TURKEY • Tel: +90 282 229 20 25 • Fax: +90 282 229 20 27 HEAD OFFICE: Dünya Ticaret Merkezi A-1 Blok No: 368 Yeşilköy .info . The loss of quality. km. and no extra energy is used (in the process). the product is not losing its shape and taste by steaming or boiling. The Suprex Instant Pasta Flour is already pre-cooked. Suprex Instant Pasta Flour is very easy to handle in the instant pasta production process as a result of production by a specially developed extrusion process. common for other instant pasta production processes (described above) is avoided.High energy loss (cooking and drying) .Istanbul .Quality loss Suprex Instant Pasta Flour developed for processing on traditional pasta lines TEKCO PLANT: Malkara Yolu 7. so cooking by steaming or boiling is not required.suprex. 59160 Tekirdag .APPLICATION SHEET Using Suprex Instant Pasta Flour.TURKEY • Tel: +90 212 465 78 10 • Fax: +90 212 465 78 11 info@suprex.Equipment needed . This means there no extra equipment or handling is required.Polluted water .

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