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Cheese With a Bite: Controlling Cheese Processing With a Texture Analyzer

Cheese With a Bite: Controlling Cheese Processing With a Texture Analyzer

5/29/2014 at 11am (EDT)

An Interview With Dr Shamsheer Mahammad

Dr Shamsheer Mahammad from Kraft Foods in Glenview Illinois USA will share his recommendations for test methods that make best use of texture analyzers and rheometers to characterize the flow properties of cheese formulations used in a variety of food product applications. read more

How do you test construction materials for “flowability”?

How do you test construction materials for “flowability”?

11/6/13 at 11am EST

Dr. Guy Rosenthal Interview

How do you test construction materials for “flowability”? For example, when you open a tub of joint compound, does it have the right consistency? Do you know right away when you stick your trowel in? Or is the proof of the pudding in how it spreads? read more

Texture Analysis Related to Sensory Evaluation

THE SCIENCE OF GOOD COOKING

8/27/13 11am EST

An Interview With Dr. Guy Crosby

Cooking up a tasty and delicious dinner is an art, but science also plays a role in preparing that mouthwatering dinner!...read more

Texture Analysis Related to Sensory Evaluation

Is Your Steak Squishy?

4/2/13 10am EST

An Interview with Dr. Matthew Davenport

The concept of quality control within the food industry has many aspects, from maintaining visual appeal to texture and mouth feel...read more

 

BROOKFIELD RESPONDS: Q+A

02/2014

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE: We are trying to measure the consistency of our salad dressings, which range from the consistency of mayonnaise to thick and creamy blue cheese dressings. We use different T-bar spindles with the Helipath Stand on a rotational viscometer to make a viscosity measurement. Each test takes about 3 minutes to set up, run, and clean up after. The viscosity data can vary considerably within a single test, especially for the dressings with particles and chunks; we are not sure which viscosity value to use. Is there an alternative way to do this test that takes less time and involves only one spindle choice?

BROOKFIELD ANSWERS:Since you are testing for consistency, the Texture Analyzer provides a much quicker method. You can choose between two different types of...read more

12/2013

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE: We are a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products encapsulated in soft-shell gelatin capsules. It may become necessary for us to produce our own gelatin capsules in the future to accommodate certain formulations. What is meant when the gelatin industry uses the term "Bloom Strength"?

BROOKFIELD ANSWERS: The Gelatin Manufacturers Institute of America has defined a procedure for measuring the strength of a gelatin formulation as follows:...read more

10/2013

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE: When should I use a single stroke compression test vs. the double stroke characteristic of Texture Profile Analysis (TPA)?

BROOKFIELD ANSWERS: Most materials are tested successfully with a single stroke compression test. The maximum force (also known as "peak load") measured by the probe...read more

09/2013

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE: Is there a "best practice" for selecting the probe travel speed when performing a texture test?

BROOKFIELD ANSWERS: A practical approach is to consider the application that you simulating with the Texture Analyzer. For example, if the action is squeezing a...read more

09/2013

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE: Is there a maximum distance that a probe should penetrate an object during a compression test?

BROOKFIELD ANSWERS: Run several tests on the object with a penetration distance that does not exceed half of the item's thickness. For example, a candy bar that is 20mm high, suggests using a penetration...read more

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