How to measure and analyse the texture of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and adhesives.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Texture Analysis in action: the Dough Preparation Set

Dough Preparation Set componentsThe DOUGH PREPARATION SET (A/DP) is used to measure the characteristics of biscuit dough. 

The set comprises a test cell, aeration plunger and a flattening plunger. 

A sample is placed in the cell, pockets of randomly distributed air are removed by the spiked aeration plunger, and an even surface is achieved by application of the flattening plunger. 

A 6mm cylinder probe is used to measure the consistency of the dough. 

Comparison of biscuit dough firmness of three different formulations
Comparison of biscuit dough firmness 
of three different formulations
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Some more information on this fixture

Measurement of Biscuit Dough Firmness
The test described below is suitable for crackers, semi-sweet biscuits, short-sweet biscuits and cookies.

The dough preparation set is used for the preparation of biscuit dough before subsequent penetration with a small cylinder probe to assess its textural characteristics, firmness being of primary interest.

Normally an average measurement of firmness (taken from the maximum force value) is recorded from the performance of three penetration tests at different locations within the cell as shown in the graph.

Small variations in recipe level of fat, water and flour can be detected using this penetration method.

We can design and manufacture probes or fixtures for the TA.XTplus texture analyser that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed, our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can also prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

For more information on how to measure texture, please visit the Texture Analysis Properties section on our website.

TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
TA.XTplus texture analyser is part of a family of texture analysis instruments and equipment from Stable Micro Systems. An extensive portfolio of specialist attachments is available to measure and analyse the textural properties of a huge range of food products. Our technical experts can also custom design instrument fixtures according to individual specifications.

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