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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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My first contact with FTC was through buying texture analyzer equipment as my area of interest is Rheology. We faced a problem operating the appliance. The company tried hard to help us through the internet, but the University thought it was better to send me to the company branch located in England. I received a highly advanced training course for 10 days free of charge. They provided me with programs that operate the equipment along with the information needed.

It was a great effort and outstanding support. I would like to thank Shirl Lakeway and FTC for providing me with this opportunity and for his continuous help. Finally, I encourage researchers who are interested in the physical properties of foods and dairy to choose FTC as it is a respectable and dependable company and offers the best deals concerning prices and training with different languages, such as Arabic for the Middle East.

Professor Hoda El-Zeini, Dairy Science and Agriculture University - Cairo, Egypt
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I have been using the TMS-Pro mechanical tester in our undergraduate biological materials property course for the past 3 years. The simple setup and operation of the TMS-Pro allows my students to focus on learning the theoretical underpinnings of mechanical properties instead of fighting with a finicky test system.

An added bonus is working with Shirl and his amazing team at Food Technology Corporation. They respond almost immediately to questions and inquiries and are always friendly and helpful. 

Jennifer (Melander) Keshwani, Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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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
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