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What is Mecmesin | Texture Analysis?

 

Mecmesin | Texture Analysis is the rebrand of our Food Technology Corporation (FTC) business under our parent Mecmesin brand.

Through our 15 plus year association with FTC, Mecmesin has built up extensive experience in practical food texture measurement.

This rebrand is part of our strategy to emphasise the strength of our capabilities and to grow our food texture analysis business.

Our expertise combined with our cost effective solutions for field, factory and laboratory test environments makes us the ideal partner for your texture measurement needs.

Texture Analysis SolutionsHot Dog Shear Resistance

Highlights

  • Objective measurement of physical mouthfeel properties sensed in biting and slicing reconstituted meat products
  • Repeatable and quick test method on varying cook profile sausages using a software-controlled texture analyzer
  • Industry-standard Warner-Bratzlet shear fixture to slice the sample indicative of a bite
  • Quantified hardness texture correlated to the ideal tenderness reported against meat industry standards

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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