Apple Freshness Comparison

Application

Measuring ripeness and firmness of fresh apples.

  

Problem

This processor did not have a way to objectively or quantitatively measure the texture of their products. Current methods for evaluating ripeness and firmness of apples were done through sensory panel testing and use of a penetrometer which both gave inconsistent and unreliable data.

 

Solution

Apple firmness is mesured from the peak penetrometer force

Testing was performed with a TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer, a 500N load cell and a 5mm diameter steel cylinder probe. The apples were held in place with the TMS spherical sample holder. Taking into account that all apples are not identical in shape/size, the program was written to first start at zero then run down at 50mm/min until it sensed the top of the apple. Next, run into the apple 15mm at 250mm/min, then return to zero. The graph shows the curves from 3 types of apples in which 2 samples of each type were ran. The initial upward slope is the cylinder probe penetrating the apple. The peak represents when the outside skin is ruptured. The rest of the curve represents the probe penetrating through the flesh of the apple. This graph shows the Fuji and Granny Smith apples were similar in firmness, with Granny Smith being slightly firmer and the Golden Delicious apples being the least firm.

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The University of Arizona’s Nutritional Sciences Food Lab acquired a Texture Analyzer from Food Technologies about 5 years ago. The company has a great product, which is tailored to food needs. 

We have used the Texture Analyzer for both research projects and as a tool to demonstrate to students how food manufacturers can employ objective testing in product evaluation to show how differing ingredients in the same product can affect quality attributes. Its use adds another dimension to the foods labs.

Drew Lambert has been instrumental in helping with set up for testing and providing support whenever there’s a question. He has been a pleasure to work with and is always accommodating with our needs and schedules.  He has even sent us special attachments for special projects.  We couldn’t ask for a better technical support.  Thanks for a great product and great service.

Patricia Sparks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice
https://www.arizona.edu

At the University of Saskatchewan, we are the proud owners of three generations of Food Technology Corporation texture equipment, all of which are still in working condition.

We are looking forward to future innovations from FTC.

 

 

Phyllis J. Shand, University of Saskatchewan - Canada
https://www.usask.ca/

I have found FTC to be an excellent partner for our company. In particular, it has been especially gratifying to work with Shirl Lakeway. Both creative and accommodating, he worked very hard with us to develop our projects.

I appreciate his commitment to our joint efforts and his open-minded approach. He and FTC have been exceptionally helpful.

Steve Antonius, Del Monte Foods
http://www.delmonte.com/