Assessing the use of frozen pork meat in the manufacture of cooked ham

Francine Gomes Basso LOS, Rosa Cristina PRESTES, Daniel GRANATO, Deise Rosana Silva SIMÕES, Silvane Souza ROMAN, Ivo Mottin DEMIATE
2016 Food Science and Technology  
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of slow (-18 °C) and fast freezing (liquid nitrogen) of pork meat, and the use of exudate released upon thawing, on the physicochemical, color, rheological, microbiological, histological, and sensory characteristics of cooked ham. The meat samples were frozen at -18 °C and thawed after 22 weeks for the production of cooked ham. No significant difference was observed regarding physicochemical, color and microbiological parameters or in sensory acceptance.
more » ... The hardness and chewiness parameters showed significant differences when compared to the control sample (ham made from chilled meat). Light microscopy of cooked ham samples showed that changes in the tissues were caused by freezing and thawing the meat. The effect of exudate was significant on the sodium content and compression force parameters, but this difference was not perceived in the sensory analysis, confirming that frozen pork meat can be used to produce cooked ham without loss of quality.
doi:10.1590/1678-457x.0066 fatcat:bfwrsqjffran5fhxjc56ne4u6a