Breakfast has long been proclaimed the most important meal of the day by doctors and nutritionists. But being an expert on cereal or cereal manufacturing requires a little more knowledge than just opening the box and pouring milk. Cereal manufacturers key terms can help you understand some of the industry's jargon and supply you with a deeper understanding to commonly used terms. Specialized processes and industry specific machinery are easy to understand if you use this quick glossary as a reference.
Ready-to-eat cereal, RTEReady-to-eat cereal, commonly referred to as RTE cereal, is any manufactured cereal product that does not require any further preparation to serve.
TemperingTempering the cereal refers to the heating and cooling process used to obtain crispness.
WordNet gives a basic definition of tempering. Food Product Design shows where tempering fits into the cereal manufacturing process.
Corkscrew extruderThe corkscrew extruder is a machine used to make cereal that mixes, turns and cooks the grain cereal mixture.
The extruder in the fourth step of eNotes.com's "The Manufacturing Process, Preparing the Grain." Hoover's explains how the corkscrew extruder works and fits into the cereal making process.
Gun-puffingGun-puffing is the step in the puffed cereal making process where sudden heat is added to the dough pellets in a pressure cooker type machine, causing the dough to puff up.
Information about gun-puffing can be found at Hypertextbook. In the section Making Puffed Cereal on How Products Are Made, you can find an in-depth discussion of the process.
Twin screw extruderThe twin screw extruder has a similar function as the corkscrew extruder mentioned above. However, this machine is fitted with two rotating screws. These two screws mix and turn the dough make the process faster.
Capri InfoSoft describes the twin screw extruder, its purpose and function. For an explanation, along with image of the machine, check out Clextral.
OatsOats are one of the grains processed and used in cereal making.
Visit the George Mateljan Foundation's page on oats for even more details.