Dos and Don’ts

Before first use

What do I need to know?
  • Thoroughly clean pacotizing beakers and all accessories.
Explanation

 

Tips
Use a commercially available dishwashing detergent.

 

Filling the pacotizing beaker

What do I need to know?
  • Fill pacotizing beakers only up to the maximum fill-line.
  • Fill all cavities and air pockets in the beaker with liquid.
  • The surface of the beaker contents must be level and flat.
  • Do not overfill the pacotizing beaker.
  • Contents must not have any cavities or air pockets.
Explanation
  • When pacotizing under pressure, the contents will expand up to 30% in volume.
  • In case of overfill, contents 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 the pacotizing beaker: see User Manual

In case the beaker is overfilled, pacotize one portion, remove it completely, and repeat this procedure until the beaker has returned to a normal fill volume.


 

Freeze (>24h)

What do I need to know?
  • Freeze filled pacotizing beakers at -22°C for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not pacotize a beaker before its contents are frozen solid. This can damage the pacotizing blades or the motor.
  • Do not pacotize previously frozen preparations in the pacotizing beaker!
  • Never process beaker contents with a core temperature lower than -23°C.
Explanation
  • Beaker contents must be frozen solid when pacotizing.
  • Contents that are not completely frozen can cause the pacotizing blade to bend or break. Bent blades require the motor to work harder, leading to problems or motor damage.
  • Bent pacotizing blades make the motor work harder, leading to problems with texture quality or motor damage.
  • If the beaker contents are not cold enough, this can 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 experience mechanical overload or be damaged.
Tips
Freeze at -22˚C for at least 24 hours.
Check your freezer: place a beaker with a thermometer inside for 24 hours.

 

Before re-freezing

What do I need to know?
  • Always smooth over the surface contents of a partially-used pacotizing beaker.
Explanation
  • An uneven surface on the beaker contents can damage the pacotizing blades.
Tips
 

 

Liquid nitrogen (LN2), carbon dioxide(CO2) & Co.

What do I need to know?
  • Never pacotize beaker contents that have been frozen with liquid nitrogen (LN2) or that contain carbon dioxide (CO2) or carbonation. The pacotizing beaker could explode.
Explanation
  • Nitrogen turns gaseous immediately upon contact with foodstuffs, and could cause an explosion and injury to the user.
Tips
 

 

Care of the pacotizing blade

What do I need to know?
  • A bent pacotizing blade must be immediately replaced.
  • Replace pacotizing blades once per year.
  • Grease the pacotizing blades with food-grade oil after cleaning.
Explanation
Bent pacotizing blades:
  • Do not produce optimal results.
  • Can lead to motor damage.
Tips
Test: place the blade on an even surface and push on one end. The blade should vibrate/rock back and forth . If the blade lies on one side, it’s bent.
New blades are available from your authorized Pacojet dealer on site.

 

Attach pacotizing blade/spray guard

What do I need to know?
  • Always affix the pacotizing blade/spray guard directly onto the interlocking magnetic shaft.
  • It must “click” when it locks into the correct position on the shaft.
  • Always ensure that the pacotizing blade is fixed to the magnetic end of the shaft before pacotizing a beaker with frozen contents.
  • Never place the pacotizing blade/spray guard assembly on the pacotizing beaker.
  • Do not start the machine if the pacotizing blade/spray guard assembly is not securely attached to the shaft. You risk extensive damage to your machine.
Explanation
  • An insecurely affixed blade will fall onto the surface of the contents and be “drilled” by the shaft, causing a loud noise. Immediately press the STOP button, before the machine shuts off automatically (Error). Please 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 affixed when pacotizing, the shaft will be forced upwards into the machine housing, causing extensive damage.
Tips
The shaft protrudes from the Pacojet housing (see User Manual)

Carefully attempt to rotate the pacotizing blade on the shaft. If it is properly affixed, it should meet with resistance.

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


 

Cleaning the machine

What do I need to know?
  • Clean the Pacojet after every use or at least 1 x at the end of the day.
  • When washing or rinsing, always use a steel pacotizing beaker to hold water. 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 for cleaning.

 

Repairs & Service

What do I need to know?
  • Keep the original shipping carton and styrofoam supports.
  • Bring in your Pacojet 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.
Tips