Baked Beans Bulk Firmness

Application

A large processor of several different varieties of baked beans was looking for a way to supplement their current sensory methods. While these subjective methods are important to the company, a more objective method would add extra validation to the information already gathered from panels.

 

 

 

 

Problem

As with most food products, controlling the texture of baked beans takes constant manipulation of the processing controls to produce a product that is not only consistent, but also up to quality standards.

Changes in the incoming raw ingredients, coupled with different operators subjective view of “good” and “bad” product can often lead to inconsistencies in the final product. Controlling this subjectivity with an objective method is necessary in the manufacturing of a constant product.

 

 

Solution

Before testing, samples were allowed to equilibrate to room temperature (about 72°F) to ensure that this would not have an effect on the samples. The sample was then emptied into a colander where the sauce was rinsed off using lukewarm water. Each replication was done by putting 100 grams of product into a CS-1 Standard Shear Cell.

This cell consists of 10 blades that first compress and then shear through the product. Testing was done using a TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer with a 2500N load cell. The peak force values from this test are an indication of the firmness of the product. This gives the processor valuable information about the product that they can relate back to things like proper cook time, soak time, etc.

 

Benefit

  • Simple and quick test that gives the manufacturer an objective result that can be related to traditional sensory methods
  • Able to predict how consumers will react to product when results are compared to the sensory panel data.
  • Overall consistency and quality of the product can be improved by applying texture data to historical sensory data and known limits

Trusted by customers across the world

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

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/

I am impressed by the great attitude you have toward your customers.

With all the responsibilities you have, but in less than an hour you reply to our one year’s worth of questions, as if you are dedicated to provide support to our company only.

 

 

Ahmed N. Alajaji, Aljazirah Dates and Food, Saudi Arabia
http://www.aljazirahdates.com.sa