Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Sensory, physical, and cooking properties were evaluated on bacon processed under commercial operations in four separate plants. Three formulations with various levels of sodium nitrite and potassium sorbate were used: (1) 0 ppm sodium nitrite, (2) 40 ppm sodium nitrite 2600 ppm potassium sorbate, and (3) 120 ppm sodium nitrite. Sliced bacon was evaluated after 10, 30, 50, and 70 days of storage. “Chemical”-like flavors, prickly mouth sensations, and “sweet aromatic” aromas were found in bacon processed with 40 ppm sodium nitrite and 2600 ppm potassium sorbate. “Microbial” flavors were found in 0 ppm sodium nitrite bacon after 50 and 70 days of storage. Bacon stored for 30 days had less cooking loss and sensory panel scores indicative of more mouth coating with fat than did bacon stored for 10 days. The degree of leanness in bacon strips had more of an influence on textural, physical, and cooking characteristics than did sodium nitrite and potassium sorbate levels.
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