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Carrageenan Penetration Strength


 

Hydrocolloids manufacturer wanted to measure the functional properties of their gel systems. Results were used during the development of customer blends and quality based analysis.

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Problem


Gel strength and functional properties of hydrocolloid gels are critical characteristics of all gelling agents. Ingredients are bought based on their functional performance, compression and penetration analysis, and behaviour in food systems.

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Solution


Different grades of carrageenan gel were prepared under standardised conditions for hydration, mixing, heating and setting. The gels were then penetrated to failure and functional performance measured.

  • Calculation of break load and failure properties
  • Increased understanding of gel performance
  • Quality standards set for grades of carrageenan
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Benefits


  • Quality standards established
  • Functional performance of carrageenan gels measured for use in gelled systems

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