Based on unsteady state heat conduction, a mathematical model has been developed to describe the simultaneous heat and moisture transfer during potato frying. For the first time, the equation was solved using both enthalpy and Variable Space Network (VSN) methods, based on a moving interface defined by the boiling temperature of water in a potato disc during frying. Two separate regions of the potato disc namely fried (crust) and unfried (core), were considered as heat transfer domains. A variable boiling temperature of the water in potato discs was required as an input parameter for the model as the water is evaporated during frying, resulting in an increase in the soluble solid concentration of the potato sample. Pulsed electric field (PEF) pretreatment prior to frying had no significant effect on the measured moisture content, thermal conductivity or frying time compared to potatoes that did not receive a PEF pretreatment. However, a...

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