Processing of Sunflower Seeds
Confectionary Sunflower Seeds in their natural raw state once they are removed from the head of the sunflower plant are dark black in color. It is the processing of the seeds that will ultimately give them the gray-black color you see in a finished bag of “Dakota Kid” Sunflower Seeds.
The processing procedure begins with a trip through a brine (Salt & Water Solution) tank. Once the product is in the tank the air is removed from the tank via a vacuum system. This process forces the brine solution into the center of the shell, thus giving us our salted in the shell taste. Once this procedure is complete the tank is then drained and the seeds are then moved into the roasting oven while still wet. “Dakota Kid” products are roasted in a continuous roast oven not a tumble roast type oven. This gives “Dakota Kid” its unique appearance and full roast flavor.
After being roasted the sunflower seeds are then run through a spray on surface salt process to insure just the right taste. To assure a consistent quality packaged retail product, “Dakota Kid” Sunflower Seeds are put through a cleaning and screening procedure to insure good appearance once they are placed on retail shelves.
All of our products, once they are put through this entire process are then packaged in various sizes and varieties and then begin their journey from our plant to a retail store near you.
So, the next time you are out shopping be sure to ask for our products by name, “Dakota Kid” we’re the ones with the cowboy on the bag.
The “Dakota Kid”