A simple test for shelf-life assessment of frozen spinach and parsley is presented. A specific shelf-life test that considers three storage temperatures is proposed to accelerate the rate of quality decay in frozen spinach and parsley. The scope was to provide a reliable and rapid way (one month vs years) to predict shelf-life by using a simple experimental approach and mathematical models based on some physical quality product attributes. Physical properties were evaluated at three storage temperatures: -5 degrees C, -10 degrees C and -26 degrees C, to simulate a possible thermal abuse. Mechanical and thermal indexes were defined measuring maximum compression force (N) and latent heat involved in ice melting (J/g). A zeroorder kinetic model was used to properly fit experimental data and thus to obtain related reaction rates. The determination coefficient indicates that there is a strong linear relation between kinetic parameters at -10 degrees C or -5 degrees C and -26 degrees C. This suggests a reliable procedure for shelf-life estimation, carrying out a test at -10 degrees C or -5 degrees C for one month and extending values to data acquired at 26 degrees C for the same period of time. The relations obtained from this research have led to a simple practical approach: one day at -10 degrees C could be considered roughly equivalent to 30 days at -26 degrees C. Accordingly, it could be possible to obtain a shelf-life estimation in short time, also considering other similar products.

Simple and efficient approach for shelf-life test on frozen spinach and parsley

Iaccheri, Eleonora
Primo
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Cevoli, Chiara
Secondo
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Romani, Santina;Dalla Rosa, Marco;Molari, Giovanni
Penultimo
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Fabbri, Angelo
Ultimo
2021

Abstract

A simple test for shelf-life assessment of frozen spinach and parsley is presented. A specific shelf-life test that considers three storage temperatures is proposed to accelerate the rate of quality decay in frozen spinach and parsley. The scope was to provide a reliable and rapid way (one month vs years) to predict shelf-life by using a simple experimental approach and mathematical models based on some physical quality product attributes. Physical properties were evaluated at three storage temperatures: -5 degrees C, -10 degrees C and -26 degrees C, to simulate a possible thermal abuse. Mechanical and thermal indexes were defined measuring maximum compression force (N) and latent heat involved in ice melting (J/g). A zeroorder kinetic model was used to properly fit experimental data and thus to obtain related reaction rates. The determination coefficient indicates that there is a strong linear relation between kinetic parameters at -10 degrees C or -5 degrees C and -26 degrees C. This suggests a reliable procedure for shelf-life estimation, carrying out a test at -10 degrees C or -5 degrees C for one month and extending values to data acquired at 26 degrees C for the same period of time. The relations obtained from this research have led to a simple practical approach: one day at -10 degrees C could be considered roughly equivalent to 30 days at -26 degrees C. Accordingly, it could be possible to obtain a shelf-life estimation in short time, also considering other similar products.
2021
Iaccheri, Eleonora; Cevoli, Chiara; Romani, Santina; Dalla Rosa, Marco; Molari, Giovanni; Fabbri, Angelo
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