The experts in innovative food processing machinery


The difference between blanching and cooking is Time and Temperature. Blanching of vegetables is generally done in less than five  minutes at a temperature around 200°F. Cooking items like pasta, rice or potatoes can be ten to thirty minutes and around 200°F. Lyco Mfg. has led the field with truly innovative concepts for decades with:

Increased cylinder diameters 48″, 60″, and 72″

Longer cylinders going from 16′ in length to 28′

Agitation that guarantees uniform results

Agitation that materially increases throughput

Making water blanchers that also steam blanch

Removable doors for cylinder access

Clean in Place Cylinder Skin Sheets for USDA

Special cylinders to run Quinoa and Wild Rice

Running pasta they increase recovery by 15%

Improved Sanitary cylinder and tank designs

Improved steam venting systems

Reduced energy steam distribution systems

Combination Cooker / Coolers

Pasteurizers for pouched products like soup

Coolers for pouched products or small tubs

Easy-Flow Coolers cool products in seconds


  • Clean-Flow®

    Clean-Flow® Blanchers were developed in 2007 to address the need for faster sanitation cleanup time so that prepared meal operations could run many different products in a day. All of our Clean-Flow designs feature Hydro-Flow® agitation, which  guarantees a uniform process. You’re able to achieve a much higher quality product because every food item receives the same treatment. Under and over-cooking of pasta is eliminated. Losses from sticking and clumping are totally eliminated which  increases recovery 10% to 15%  compared to European cook-quench-chill systems.

    Clean-Flow designs have an auger with a wedge wire screen underneath the auger located between 3:00 and 9:00 o’clock which contains product between the auger flights. For cleaning, the screen is driven by a large gear which rotates it 360° exposing the inside and outside as the auger turns at the same time. Spray manifolds swiftly clean the screen and auger. Lyco has Clean-Flow machines in North America, England, Ireleand, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland. This design has been called “The best pasta and rice cooker in the world!”

  • Cooker-Cooler

    Combination blancher/cooker-coolers were first designed in 1995 for blanching and cooling pasta, rice and vegetables. The basic process differences between a blancher, cooker or pasteurizer are retention times and operating temperatures. Lyco Cooker-Coolers have the option of doors in the cylinders and clean-in-place manifolds in the cover, the open center flights, and the tank sides. Our combination cooker/coolers have lower maintenance costs and take up much less room than two separate machines and a conveyor in between. The single CIP System cleans both hot and cold zones. Save major floor space with this design.

  • Rotary Drum Blancher

    Since 1985 Lyco Mfg. has been the most innovative company in the food industry. Our blanchers, cookers and coolers are the most advanced, state-of-the-art machines in the world. We’ve increased capacity, reduced process times, and eliminated under-cooking and over-cooking and reduced cooling times by 40% in rotary drum machines. Lyco designs use less energy, less water and produce higher quality in a smaller footprint.

  • LAD Lift and Dump System

    Lyco Manufacturing continues its tradition of manufacturing innovative food processing machinery with our new Lyco LAD Lift and Dump Systems. Producers can now meter and feed their blanchers and cookers with increased precision. The two-stage “lift and dump” is a floor loading system with an overall height that is adjustable to the ceiling. It offers forklifts for pallet jack loading, adjustable tote hold-down bars, and safety sensors at the loading station.

    This accurate and sanitary feed system comes in three hopper sizes: small, medium and large. In addition to the sanitary hopper designs, users will also appreciate the electromagnet even feed conveyor. The systems can handle all short goods and dry pasta shapes as well as an infinite number of particulate food types. The mechanical system offers floor level access, and the controls include an E-stop and lock out tag.

  • Temper-Flow

    The Temper-Flow cooker combines with the Clean-Flow blancher to create a full-absorption system that helps processors prepare flavored rice with liquid and particulate ingredients without dilution. This high-volume rice processing solution can process high-volume runs with rapid changeovers, which makes the system ideal for processing variations in rice batches. The system also reduces water consumption.