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Hot Dog Shear Resistance

A processor of hot dogs and meat products was looking for a way to better control the texture of their product. Current methods involved simple visual inspections and very subjective human sensory evaluation.

 

Problem

Beef hot dog beef slicingAs with most processed food products, the incoming raw ingredients are constantly changing. Meats are especially troublesome as the texture can vary within individual animals. Because of this, the process is under constant manipulation in order to produce a consistent product.

A consistent and repeatable method of measuring and therefore controlling the texture is essential.

 

 

 

Solution

Hot dog shear resistance results graphBefore testing, samples were allowed to equilibrate to room temperature (about 72 F°). Some products were heated for one minute to show the difference in texture after cooking. The test cell selected was a single blade shear, often referred to a Warner-Bratzler test.

This is used extensively in the meat industry on both raw and cooked product. All testing was done using a TMS-Pro at a speed of 250 mm/min to a distance that allowed the blade to shear completely through the product.

 

 

 

Benefit

Hot dog shear resistance results table

    • Quick and easy test that gives repeatable, objective results that are nearly real time with the processing
    • Allows for more concise control of textural attributes of the product
    • Reduces the possibility of downtime due to a product that does not meet quality standards

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David Smith, Riviana Foods Inc.
http://www.riviana.com/

As a seasonal vegetable processor, understanding crop maturity and the accuracy of this measurement is key to staying ahead of crop and knowing when to make the move from value to premium product as harvest time constraints permit.

The TU units provided by FTC give us the accuracy to work to much tighter tolerances, replacing older less accurate analogue equipment which in turn can affect final product grading and profitability.

The units are well designed, very low maintenance and are backed up with a strong support service which will allow them to provide many years of accurate, reliable service.

Colven Wilson
Technical Manager
http://www.eyefreeze.co.uk/

As a Meat Scientist and program leader for the University of Nevada, Reno, I need to ensure that equipment I use in my lab is reliable, durable, versatile, and accurate. For texture analysis of meats, there are many systems available in the market. Over the last 15 years of my career, I¹ve worked with many of them and had great and bad experiences with different brands.

Last year, I decided to try a different system for my lab, the TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer from Food Technology Corporation. The system has all the attributes I was expecting to conduct texture and shear force analysis in a quick and not complicated way. The customer support provided by them is outstanding and their technicians are always ready to walk me through new procedures and initial set up. If you are looking for a reliable system for food texture analysis and special customer service, the TMS-Pro is the system to go for and the Food Technology Corporation is the one that can deliver the support.

Amilton de Mello
Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Meat Science and Food Safety
https://www.unr.edu/anvs