Ultra-high pressure homogenization (UHPH) at 300 MPa and 4 °C inlet temperature were used to preserve apple juice, and shelf-life evaluation of aseptically packaged juice was investigated. After processing Tetra Brik containers were stored at temperatures of 4, 10, 20 and 30 °C during 60 days. In this article, the effect of processing on the spoilage inactivation was evaluated after processing and during the storage trial. Non-germinated and germinated spores were found in the UHPH-Treated juice, being an inactive population during storage. Patulin content was also not modified by UHPH processing, but a significant decrease was observed during storage at 30 °C (P < 0.05). Polyphenoloxidase (PPO) and pectinmethylesterase (PME) activity was not found after UHPH-processing and during storage. A kinetic study of post-processing quality loss was conducted. Vitamin C, chlorogenic acid, total polyphenols and color change were measured during storage study and were used to model the UHPH-Treated apple juice shelf-life. Loss of vitamin C was correlated with the hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) accumulation (0.59, P < 0.05). A limiting quality parameter was polyphenolic content. UHPH-Treated apple juice stored at 4 °C was found to show a shelf-life for about 21 months by preserving the color characteristics of the juice with low HMF accumulation. From 15 °C changes in quality parameters were more evident. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Journal||Journal of Food Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|
- Aseptic package
- Chlorogenic acid
- Total poyphenols
- UHPH-Treated apple juice
- Vitamin C