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

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Substituting your Meat at mealtimes: Part 8: Sliced meat and Quorn – texture comparison

Film Support Rig - sliced meat
Sliced meat: how does it hold together?
 
How a sliced meat or meat substitute holds together is an important textural expectation of the consumer. The binding characteristics of the sliced product can be greatly affected by its formulation and processing thus affecting its tensile strength.


Whilst tensile grips or pneumatic grips are the traditional choice for tensile testing there are alternatives for a soft and thin product such as sliced meat. A Film Support Rig (shown in Figure 16) is designed to hold small amounts of thin or film-like material in a drum configuration in order to measure the biextensional properties of the films using a puncture test.