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Ground Meat Firmness

Situation

Ground meat sample preparationA large producer of cooked sausage products for the foodservice industry needed a way to measure the effect that changes in the raw product, as well as the grinding and cooking process had on the finished product texture.

Textural properties of the finished product are a key characteristic in the judgment of quality as well as an indication of proper processing.

The processor currently only used human sensory methods to gauge these differences and therefore, no objective measurements to back up whether the products met a certain level of quality.

 

Method

Ground meat sample within test cellThe products were tested using the Kramer standard shear/compression test cell. A single patty was first cut to size, using a template so that all samples were the exact same size. After being cut, samples were placed in the shear cell for testing.

The shear cell consists of 10 blades that compress, shear and extrude the product. This allows for a large cross‐section of the product to be tested each time, giving more repeatable results.

 

 

 

Significance

• Quick and easy test designed to supplement the sensory evaluation
• Software facilitates automatic statistical analysis and data storage
• Allows customer to put objective numbers to correspond with sensory evaluations
• This test method is also applied to measure the texture of other ground meat products such as hamburger

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Trusted by customers across the world

Nestle purchased a texture system from Food Technology Corporation in 2006. Since then I have recommended the texture system to several vendors in North and Central America. Staff at FTC was able to develop a simple training manual and procedure for the texture system allowing easy training in short period of time.

From purchasing of equipment through to installation and start-up, the level of personal care and service was remarkable. Shirl Lakeway and his staff at Food Technology Corporation are patient and understanding, and are always at our disposal for any assistance. Since we bought the equipment we have had no problems and feel very secure knowing that we can count on FTC for their support and service.

Dr Mawele Shamaila, Nestle - USA
http://www.nestleusa.com/

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/

Our experience with FTC has been more than satisfactory, not only for the quality of the equipment you’ve got but for the post selling service that has proved to be excellent.

Any problem that we had, it took nothing more than a simple mail or phone call to have your immediate answer. We want to thank you very much for the quality of service provided.

 

 

Gonzalo Moraes, Arrozur S.A. Montevideo – Uruguay