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Preservation of traditional Chinese pork balls supplemented with essential oil microemulsion in a phase-change material package.

Journal of the science of food and agriculture (2020-01-18)
Yifei Wang, Qian Zhang, Wenyi Bian, Lin Ye, Xiaobo Yang, Xiaoqiu Song
ABSTRACT

In this study, we evaluated the combined effect of cinnamon essential oil (CEO) microemulsions, and a temperature buffering package using phase-change material (PCM) microcapsules on the physicochemical property, lipid oxidation, and bacterial load of traditional Chinese pork balls (shi zi tou) during temperature fluctuation storage for 9 days. Transmission electron microscope characterization revealed that n-tetradecane microcapsules possessed a core-shell spherical shape with a size ranging from 300 to 600 nm. The use of n-tetradecane microcapsule packaging was found to maintain cold storage temperature efficiently. After 9 days of storage, the combination of CEO microemulsions with n-tetradecane microcapsules did not lead to changes in the color parameters of pork balls. At day 9, n-tetradecane microcapsules, used alone or in combination with CEO microemulsions, showed lower thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) values than the control group, while their combination exhibited the lowest pH and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) values. Furthermore, the combination treatment retarded the growth of total plate count, lactic acid bacteria, Enterobacteriaceae, and Staphylococcus spp. after 4 and 9 days. The combinations of CEO microemulsions and PCM microcapsules could extend the shelf-life of cooked pork products, suggesting a feasible strategy for meat preservation. © 2020 Society of Chemical Industry.

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