Have you ever wondered how you can reach financial freedom in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic? 

If you are out of a job or desiring to leave one and feeling cooped up at home, there is a flavorful, easy way of earning from “ube”. 

Let the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ITDI) teach you 55 simple and cheap ways to prepare meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Those with excess physical energy can also try their skill in learning 14 machine-based technologies.

"Kitang-Kita Na sa Series of ITDI" is the turn of the year learning tool for you. Below is #9 on Banana Processing. 

Banana Processing, earn a healthy way


The DOST-ITDI, as a mover to develop technologies and solutions that support the growth of industries, also provides for every “Juan” and “Juana” a source of livelihood that’s reasonably affordable. 

These technologies are simple, adaptable, and useful in any situation, be it normal times or trying times like during disasters and the current pandemic. 

Series #9, Banana Processing, taps into the popular varieties of banana grown in the country that include Cavendish, Saba/Cardava, Lacatan, Latundan, Bungulan, and Señorita. 

The Philippine export market has big potential for about eleven banana products in fresh and processed forms. These are fresh Cavendish, banana chips, saba frozen (microwavable), banana flour, banana powder, banana puree, banana syrup, banana heart, banana fiber, banana plain paper sheet, and banana tree. 

DOST-ITDI, developed food processing technologies for eight banana products like chips, flour, sauce, powder,  pastillas, catsup, dried banana blossom, and banana in syrup which are ideal for export. Three of these are big export favorites. 

First  is banana chips, one of the most popular fruit snacks, are made with thinly sliced bananas that are deep-fried in hot oil and packed in sealed pouches. It is crispy, golden yellow, and available in sweet and salty flavors. 

Second is the banana sauce that is prepared using clean mixtures of spices, vinegar, sugar, and banana puree, with or without stabilizers and preservatives. It is cooked at a certain temperature and desired consistency, and usually packed in bottles. 

Last is the banana flour that is cream to off white in color. It is prepared from mature, unripe bananas with a full three-quarter stage of maturity. It is dried into slices with or without antioxidants and ground and sieved to the right mesh size. The product is immediately packed in airtight pouches to prevent discoloration and absorption of moisture. 

The technology is part of the "Kitang-kita Na sa Series of DOST-ITDI" and is available as an online reading material for those interested to earn while at home. To know more of the technology, aspiring entrepreneurs can access it at TlNiRFd2Y3M.  Interested parties can also request for online techno demonstration of the other technologies included in the series. 

 For particulars, write to Nelia Elisa C. Florendo, Chief Science Research Specialist, Technological Services Division, Industrial Technology Development Institute, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City 1631, Metro Manila or call telephone number (02) 8837-2071 Local 2265.   (DDGotis\\ITDI S&T Media Service) 

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