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Title:Preservation of meat and fish by solar drying: the case of Nigeria
Author:Okonkwo, T.M.
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Nigeria
food preservation
indigenous technology
Abstract:Meat and fish are highly nutritious but also very perishable. One of the best ways to reduce the rate of spoilage is through the use of several long-term and low-cost preservation methods such as sun drying. The processing of meat in Nigeria through sun drying has resulted in the production of a shelf-stable, delicious traditional product called 'kilishi'. Local methods of sun drying have been used for centuries to preserve animal proteins in Nigeria, but these traditional methods need improvement in order to cope with demand for increased supply, quality and shelf life. Improved drying techniques involving improved hygiene (to produce wholesome and safe products), use of better curing ingredients and methods (to delay spoilage changes during drying and to produce desirable or special products), and use of engineered solar dryers (to improve drying rates), could radically transform the traditional methods and lead to more acceptable processes and products. Bibliogr.