Cooking-Up Fresh Ingredients with Rotary Evaporators

All workplaces are concerned with productivity. Professionals across the entire commercial, industrial, and scientific spectrums are familiar with the trade-offs between speed and quality. But we are increasingly able to deliver results faster than ever without needing to compromise key performance indicators (KPIs). This often comes down to greater uptick of high-technology solutions in non-traditional application areas.

An interesting example of this is the use of rotary evaporators in high-end kitchens and bars. Proven to yield the highest-quality separations of individual ingredients from complex mixtures, rotovaps are ideal for distilling specific flavours and compounds for use in beverages and meals. Yet the cost and footprint of traditional rotary evaporators has been prohibitive for all but the largest—and most commercially successful—industrial kitchens.

Small Rotary Evaporators for Kitchens & Bars

At Ecodyst, we have pioneered a new generation of rotovap technology that aims to address the enduring pain points of conventional vacuum distillation. Namely: cost, size, safety, and sustainability. We have developed a proprietary, first-in-class metallic condenser coil that implements direct self-cooling without the need for dry ice or antifreeze chilling. This promotes greater purity fractionation with higher throughput and negligible safety concerns.

The space- and cost-saving aspects of our small rotary evaporators significantly increase their viability for food and beverage research, or even for direct use in kitchens and bars. Intuitively usable and straightforward, our EcoChyll systems can also be readily operated by novice users with even a cursory understanding of distillation.

Using Rotary Evaporators for Food Analysis and Evaluation

So, rotary evaporators are increasingly viable for budget-conscious researchers in the food and beverage industry, but when might you deploy an Ecodyst rotary evaporator?

To extract specific compounds of interest from a mixture, researchers have to gradually heat it to the point of evaporation and collect the condensate. This isn’t ideal when trying to reduce contaminants and capture the full profile of a specific flavour as it often leads to oxidation. Rotary evaporators avoid this issue by inducing a vacuum to reduce the boiling point of your sample. This effectively eliminates oxidation and preserves the natural, fresh flavours of your ingredients.

Culinary applications of rotary evaporators vary dramatically. You can deploy a rotovap to remove the water from fruit juice to generate the purest flavours possible. They can be used to generate potent herbal extracts. It is even possible to remove the tannins from alcoholic beverages via rotary evaporation.

Interested in using rotary evaporators for food research?

At Ecodyst, we are interested in supplying our innovative rotary evaporators to keen users in any application area. Built on a firm foundation of technical expertise and a drive to disrupt existing rotovap technologies, our range of products are envisaged as must-have solutions for food research applications. Contact us today to learn more.