FROZEN FOODS By Dr. John W. Raede
Validation of Individually
As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I've made a concerted effort to reduce my intake of certain foods, increase intake of others, and increase my exercise. I decided on walking because it is something I am good at. I had this
epiphany recently, when I was down in South
America looking at a potential individually
quick-frozen (IQF) vegetable supplier, and I realized much
of my 30-year career has been spent walking. We walk the
fields, product reception, pre-wash, manipulation, blanching,
chilling, freezing, packaging areas, and finished-goods freezer.
Nothing like a good walk through a process to give you a
general idea of what is going on, if you know what to look for.
That’s the tough part—what do you look for? In this article, I
will walk you through what I look for and why it means something to me.
I started my career in the beef industry at the ranch level.
Horseback, truck, and tractor were the standard modes of
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transportation around the ranch, and not too
much walking. I guess you could consider fix-
ing fence a task that required walking, which
was a significant amount of the work we did.
Although we didn’t walk much, I learned
something important from Harold Porterfield
(may he rest in peace), ranch owner and my
boss/mentor. As we would ride through the herd, he would
stop and look at each pair (cow/calf). Being in my early 20s, I
would become impatient because I had something more im-
portant (I thought at the time) to do like hit the local watering
hole. One day, I asked why we had to go through that every
time we rode through the herd; I thought we were looking for
obvious issues like prolapses, pinkeye, and assorted injuries.
He said, “It’s the little things that matter, because the little
things add up to big things, and the big things are what will
cause you to fail in this business.”
So that is why I walk. I walk and I look for the little things.
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