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Quality characteristics and plasmin activity of thermosonicated skim milk and cream.

Vijayakumar, S; Grewell, D; Annandarajah, C; Benner, L; Clark, S.
J Dairy Sci; 98(10): 6678-91, 2015 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26233461
The shelf life of pasteurized milk is limited by heat-stable proteases, which cause gelation and bitter taste upon extended storage of milk. Ultra-high temperature processing inactivates proteases but detrimentally affects milk's sensory quality. An adjunct to pasteurization is desired to extend milk's shelf life while maintaining quality characteristics. In this study, the effects of combined heat and ultrasound (thermosonication) on total plasmin activity and various quality characteristics of skim milk and cream were studied. Thermosonication, at an average power of 115 W (152 µmp-p, where p-p=peak-to-peak amplitude) for 3 min, decreased the total plasmin activity (i.e., plasmin- and plasminogen-derived activity) by nearly 94% in fresh skim milk and cream. Enzyme activity in thermosonicated skim milk samples measured at the end of 30 d was 5- to 10-fold higher than on d 0, but remained stable in thermosonicated cream. Descriptive analysis of odor attributes was conducted for up to 4 wk with 8 trained panelists. No significant differences were observed between the intensities of offensive "eggy" and "rubbery" odor attributes of thermosonicated skim milk and pasteurized commercial skim milk and cream. In addition, lightness (L*) values and viscosity were not adversely affected by thermosonication. Thermosonication decreased the fat globule size in skim milk and cream, and the homogenizing effect increased with treatment time. Thermosonication at average powers of 104 W (133 µmp-p) and 115 W (152 µmp-p) for 1 and 3 min destroyed coliforms and over 99% of the total aerobic bacteria. The total aerobic bacteria counts of thermosonicated skim milk and cream samples were less than 20,000 cfu/mL on d 30. Because thermosonication did not induce off-aromas or viscosity changes but did inactivate microorganisms and protease enzymes, thermosonication may be an appropriate adjunct to pasteurization to extend milk shelf life.
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