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Horchata or Rice and Almond Beverage My recipe for Horchata is as follows. Soak three tablespoons of rice in water for 4 hours. Rinse the rice well and drain then place in a blender with 3 tablespoons of raw unhulled sesame seed 3 inches of true cinnamon stick and 3 tablespoons of almonds either whole or soaked and peeled. The use of almonds cinnamon and sesame together in this beverage is so typical of Guatemalan flavors. This mixture is blended until all ingredients are very fine. Strain the liquid into a pitcher and add in 2 more cups of water or milk if preferred. Sweeten to taste starting with a couple of tablespoons of sugar and add as needed. In essence Horchata is a sweetened nut and seed milk similar to the touted health drinks being sold here in the US over 40 years later.
From bottled water to sports drinks juices spirits and soda there are a multitude of thirst quenching products on the shelves from which consumers can choose. But the way those products make their way into the bottles can vary depending on a number of different factors. Below are a few of the beverage choices available to the thirsty consumer along with a brief explanation of some of the common machinery used to package the products. BOTTLED WATER Arguably one of the simplest packaging lines to create is the bottled water line. This is in part because almost all bottled waters are packaged in a nearly identical manner. A typical bottle of water will be packaged in a 16.9 ounce clear plastic bottle with a flat screw on cap and a wrap label. Repetition leads to simplicity and efficiency so that many bottled water packaging systems will look nearly identical. Bottle rinsers will be used to remove dust and debris from containers before the filling process in most applications.
While spinde and chuck cappers might still be used as well as a pressure sensitive wrap labeler carbonated beverages may use unique closures and labels that require a different type of machine. However the biggest difference lies in the filling equipment and the counter pressure filler. ALCOHOLS OR SPIRITS Again with alcohols and spirits the bottle size and shape may differ more than would be seen with bottled water. But surprisingly much of the equipment may be the same. Overflow fillers can work with alcohol or distilled spirits though gravity fillers may also be a popular choice. Capping machines may also be unique in that bartop corkers are popular for corks T-corks and other stopper type closures. Capsule spinners are also somewhat unique to alcohols and spirits though they may be seen on olive oils sauces and some other products. These extra machines will use heat or a spinner (for plastic or tin capsules respectively) to provide tamper evidence and aesthetic value to the product. The biggest difference however will be the sensors used in the vicinity of the fill area on the packaging line. Many distilled spirits lines will use intrinsically safe sensors floats pumps and other components near the fill zone to protect against the flammable properties that come with these products.