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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Texture Analysis in Action: the Rice Extrusion Rig

Rice extrusion test using the TA.XTplus Texture AnalyserThe RICE EXTRUSION RIG (HDP/RE) allows the determination of rice kernel resistance to extrusion after cooking according to ISO 11747.  

The standard is the outcome of inter-laboratory testing and was prepared by the ISO/TC34 Technical Committee for Cereals and Pulses.  

The sample is tested after cooking (parboiled or not parboiled) under specified conditions. A small sample is placed in the testing cell of the rig. 


Comparison of extrusion resistance of three types of rice
Comparison of the resistance to extrusion
of wholegrain, thai-style and white long-
grain rice using the Rice Extrusion Rig
The rice is pushed down by a plunger of similar cross-section to the cell therefore forcing the rice to be compressed before extruding through the holes in the base extrusion plate on which the sample is located.  

Resistance to extrusion is measured as the ease of pushing cooked rice through this perforated plate using compression and shear.  

The mean force required to extrude the sample over the plateau region of its curve is divided by the testing area of the extrusion plate and is recorded in kg/cm2.



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TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
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