How Curing Machines and Freeze Dryers Work

Curing machines and freeze dryers are one of the best ways to dry and cure your harvest fast.

Drying and curing is a process that typically should be handled slowly and carefully, but these machines have advanced to the point that they can produce a top shelf end product in under 12 hours!

After many months perfecting your grow through harvest, it could come apart at the seams because of that one final step - drying and curing. 

This can be devasating regardless of of whether you are a hobby grower disappointed in your results, or a commercial grower losing money.

The idea behind these curing machines and freeze dryers may seem counterintuitive. After all, we always preach "low and slow" when it comes to these stages. But, with freeze dryers and curing machines, its different.

Let's explain.

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How Curing Machines and Freeze Dryers Work


Curing machines and freeze dryers are one of the best ways to dry and cure your harvest fast.

Drying and curing is a process that typically should be handled slowly and carefully, but these machines have advanced to the point that they can produce a top shelf end product in under 12 hours!

After many months perfecting your grow through harvest, it could come apart at the seams because of that one final step - drying and curing. 

This can be devasating regardless of of whether you are a hobby grower disappointed in your results, or a commercial grower losing money.

The idea behind these curing machines and freeze dryers may seem counterintuitive. After all, we always preach "low and slow" when it comes to these stages. But, with freeze dryers and curing machines, its different.

Let's explain.

How curing machines and freeze dryers increase profit

The success of your harvest will be determined by profitability if you're a commercial grower.

You need a top-shelf product to demand a premium price, and your drying and curing process will be one of the biggest determining factors in this. 

When it comes to large home grows or commerial grows, it can be tough to find the time and space to dry and cure effectively. This is why freeze dryers and curing machines are so important for bigger grows.

You gain five important things from using a quality curing machine or freeze dryer, and any one of them should be reason enough to make the investment: 

  • Preservation of terpenes and flavor
  • Greater consistency
  • Maximize potency
  • Reduction in labor
  • Reduce/eliminate waste
  • Get the job done in a few hours as opposed to a few days or weeks

In summary, you get a better quality product to market faster, with lower costs/waste! Let's talk a bit about these two different machines in more detail, starting with curing machines.

How does a curing machine work?

Curing machines automatically circulate air constantly and uniformaly throughout the entire system and the meshed curing racks that bud rests on.  

These systems continue to work without you doing anything, automating the entire process and cutting labor costs.

You’re not stuck babysitting a stationary fan all day and night rotating it continually.  Let’s admit it, human intervention will lead to inconsistency, which is the last thing you want out of a commercial harvest.   

This is all eliminated through the use of a curing machine.

These systems utilize laminar air dynamics, which means full multi-directional flow top to bottom and from side to side. While this happens, an exhaust fan removes stale, moist air from the unit.  

Higher quality curing machines have dust filters right on the air intake and exhaust manifolds which keep the buds in top condition.

The difference between horizontal and vertical curing machines

Vertical curing machines are great for high volume and a speedier cure time, but the size and cost make them more practical for the large-scale commercial grower.  

Horizontal curing machines are space efficient with multiple drawers. This allows for easy access for checking on the contents periodically.

Essentially, all curing machines operate on the same principle and are great units where square-footage may be a problem.

Bud Aerators - curing machine technology for small scale grows

A bud aerator is an excellent choice for the grower who doesn’t need a large volume cured. They are simple automated machines that fit right on top of your jar or canister.  

The bud aerator is completely hands-free, and works well for anybody from the hobbyist to the smaller commercial grower.  They are an appealing choice due to their cost, weight, and efficiency.

Preserve your harvest with a freeze dryer!

Freeze drying occurs when a material is exposed to near zero humidity. This is a great way to preserve your flower long term, without sacraficing shelf life.

The result of freeze drying is a perfectly preserved product in it’s natural state, retaining full flavor and terpene, potency, without the moisture.

Freeze drying has been around for the commercial food processors for decades. Now, there are affordable freeze dryers for every size grower!

Why use a freeze dryer as opposed to slow drying?

  • Decreased dry time and processing from days to hours.
  • Greater terpene preservation, maximizing flavor and aroma.
  • Flower remains in a "fresh" state, with no shrinkage
  • Greater preservation of the major compounds for maximum potency versus other drying/curing methods

The Best Commercial Freeze Drying Solution: CannaFreeze

If you are a commercial grower harvesting huge crops, you need the best freeze drying solution out there. And for that, you would need to turn to the new CannaFreeze System.

This huge, commercial freeze dryer can prevent oxidation in your extraction process by controlling the moisture removal more surgically.

Plus, worrying about mold is a thing of the past, as the deep vacuum this system creates through lyophilization eliminates this possibility.

This system is quite the investment, but consider the money you save on having to pay for large drying and curing rooms, along with the cost to run them (Dehumidifiers, fans, environmental monitoring systems, etc.).

The CannaFreeze solution comes in many different shapes and sizes, so reach out to us today and we will help you determine what you really need. No matter which you end up with, though, one thing remains the same: you are getting the best drying and curing process money can buy.

Parting thoughts on curing machines and freeze dryers

Why risk the quality of your finished product chance when there are affordable methods that can guarantee success?

When it comes to increasing profit, curing machines and freeze dryers make sense every time.

Get your product to market quicker, and in better condition, by investing in one of these machines today!

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