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Dos & don’ts

The following information does not replace the Pacojet Instruction Manual. To ensure user security, Pacojet Systems must be operated according to the directions contained in the instruction manual. Please give special attention to the cautionary notes. Failure to comply with the recommendations in the instruction manual will result in the refusal to assume any liability or guarantee for damages.

Before 1st use

Dos & don’ts

Thoroughly clean the Pacojet machine and accessories with particular attention to fully cleansing the pacotizing beakers.

Tips

Use a non-aggressive, gentle dishwashing detergent.


Preparing Pacotizing Beakers

Dos & don’ts

Fill pacotizing beakers only up to the maximium fill-line.

The surface of the beaker contents must be level and flat

NEVER overfill a pacotizing beaker above the maximum fill-line. You risk damaging the machine.

Beaker contents should not contain empty cavities or air pockets.

Explanation

When pacotizing with overpressure, the contents will expand up to 30% in volume.

In case of over fill, food will be forced past the main seal into the machine, which will gradually destroy the main bearing.

A pacotizing beaker is overfilled when the lid does not fit snugly or pushes up during freezing.

Tips

Filling pacotizing beakers (see Instruction Manual):

Pacojet 1: When a beaker is overfilled, remove only 2 portions before processing a whole beaker (i.e. create space for expansion).

If an overfilled beaker has been processed, a full cleaning cycle must be initiated immediately (see instruction manual). Pacojet 2: the machine control and assistance function for overfilled beakers will activate automatically. Follow the instructions on the display.


Freezing (>24h)

Dos & don’ts

Freeze pacotizing beakers with content for at least 24 hours in a standard 4-star freezer at -22°C (-8 °F).

Don’t pacotize a beaker unless it is completely frozen solid. You risk breaking your pacotizing blades or damaging the motor.

Do not place ready-frozen preparations into a pacotizing beaker for pacotizing!

Explanation

Beaker contents must be completely frozen solid before pacotizing.

Non-frozen areas or a soft centre could cause the pacotizing blade to bend or break. Bent blades require the motor to work harder, leading to problems with texture quality or motor damage.

If the beaker contents are not cold enough, this will have a negative effect on the texture quality (too coarse or too fine).

The beaker contents must bond firmly to the pacotizing beaker while pacotizing, otherwise the machine may overload or experience damage.

Tips

Freeze at -22 ˚C (-8 °F) for at least 24h.

Test your freezer: Leave a beaker with a thermometer inside for 24h.


Before Re-Freezing

Dos & don’ts

Always smooth down the contents surface of partially used pacotizing beakers.

Explanation

An uneven content surface can damage pacotizing blades.


Liquid Nitrogen (LN2), Carbonation (CO2) & Co.

Dos & don’ts

Never pacotize beaker contents frozen with liquid nitrogen (LN2) or that contains carbonation (CO2), etc. The pacotizing beaker could explode.

Explanation

Nitrogen turns gaseous immediately upon contact with foodstuff, and can potentially cause an explosion and injury to the user.


Pacotizing Blade Care

Dos & don’ts

Replace a bent or damaged pacotizing blade immediately.

Pacotizing blades should be replaced yearly.

After cleaning, care for your pacotizing blades by oiling them with a food safe lubricant.

Explanation

Bent pacotizing blades:

  • Produce less than optimal results
  • Can damage the motor.

Test: Place pacotizing blade on a flat surface and tap on one end. The blade should vibrate/rock from side-to-side. If the blade rests on one side, it is bent.

Tips

New pacotizing blades may be purchased from Chef Tools.


Attaching the Pacotizing Blade and the Spray Guard

Dos & don’ts

Always attach the pacotizing blade/spray guard assembly directly onto the splined, magnetic shaft.

Listen for a “click” of the pacotizing blade/spray guard assembly snapping into position on the shaft.

Always ensure there is a pacotizing blade attached to the magnetic end of the shaft before pacotizing a beaker with frozen contents.

Never put the pacotizing blade/spray guard assembly on the beaker before pacotizing.

Do not start the machine if the pacotizing blade/spray guard assembly is not correctly attached to the shaft. You risk extensive damage to your machine.

Explanation

An insecurely attached blade will fall onto the contents surface and be “drilled” by the shaft, causing a loud noise. Immediately press the STOP button, before automatic shut-off (Error). Contact your designated service centre for instructions on removing the pacotizing beaker before sending the machine for repair (this is not covered by warranty).

If a pacotizing blade is not attached, the shaft will be forced upwards into the machine housing, causing extensive damage.

Tips

The shaft protrudes from the Pacojet housing (see Instruction Manual)

Safely attempt to rotate the pacotizing blade on the shaft. If properly attached, it should meet with resistance.

Ensure that every operator knows how to affix the pacotizing blade correctly.


Cleaning

Dos & don’ts

Clean Pacojet after every use or at least at the end of the day.

Always use a steel pacotizing beaker to hold water when washing or rinsing. Using the protective outer beaker alone may cause the shaft to block.

Explanation

Cleaning is easy – it takes just 60 seconds!

Tips

Use only non-foaming detergents, i.e.:

  • ECOLAB® P3 Asepto 2000 etc.
  • ECOLAB® Micro Quat Extra
  • Procter & Gamble Milton Sterilizing Fluid

(See Pacojet 1 Instruction Manual pages 33 to 37 or Pacojet 2 Instruction Manual pages 43-50)


Maintenance & Repair

Dos & don’ts

Keep the original shipping carton and Styrofoam supports.

Have your Pacojet inspected once a year for maintenance.

Explanation

Original packaging provides optimum protection from damage during transport.

Regular yearly inspections ensure reliability of the machine and prolong the life of the Pacojet.