How to Make Tapioca Starch from Cassava?
Cassava, also known as tapioca, is a root vegetable that is widely grown in tropical regions. It is a versatile crop that can be processed into various products such as garri, tapioca flour, tapioca starch, and tapioca chips. Tapioca starch is a popular ingredient in many food products, including noodles, bread, and desserts. In this article, we will discuss how to make tapioca starch from cassava.
Tapioca starch processing and extraction have two methods. The first is the manual processing method, which is suitable for home use to process small capacity tapioca starch. The second is mechanized production, which is better for getting high-quality tapioca starch and high capacity.
The Manual processing method and Mechanized production
Manual Processing Method
The manual processing method involves cleaning and grating fresh cassava tubers into the mash. The mash is then left to sediment for a day in a pool to separate the tapioca starch milk. The tapioca starch milk is then dried by sunlight after removing its moisture. This method is simple and easy to do at home, but it is time-consuming and not suitable for large-scale production.
Mechanized production processes fresh cassava tubers into dry tapioca starch. The most advanced technology in the market is called full hydrocyclone technology, which can produce high-quality starch. Here is a processing flowchart:
Mechanized tapioca starch production
Cleaning: Fresh cassava is cleaned to remove dirt and other impurities by dry sieve and paddle washing machine.
Grating: The cleaned cassava is grated into a mash using a rasper machine to release tapioca starch.
Separation: The fibers and proteins are separated out from the mash to refine the starch milk by centrifuge sieve, fine fiber sieve, and hydrocyclone stations.
Dewatering: The tapioca starch milk is then dewatered by a peeler centrifuge to remove excess water.
Drying: The dewatered tapioca starch is then dried by a flash dryer to produce dry tapioca starch.
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