Effects of high pressure treatment on volatile profile during ripening of ewe milk cheese

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The effect of high-pressure treatment on the volatile profile of ewe milk cheeses was investigated. Cheeses were submitted to 200, 300, 400 and 500 MPa at 2 stages of ripening (after 1 and 15 d of manufacturing) and volatile compounds were assayed at 15 and 60 d of ripening. High-pressure treatment altered the balance of volatile profile of cheeses, limiting the formation of acids, alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, and sulfur compounds and enhancing the formation of 2,3-butanedione. In general, cheeses pressurized at 15 d of ripening were more similar to untreated cheeses than those treated at 1 d. Cheeses treated at 300 MPa after 1 d of manufacturing were characterized by higher levels of free amino acids, ethanol, ethyl esters, and branchedchain aldehydes, whereas cheeses treated at 500 MPa after 1 d of manufacturing had lower microbial populations, showed the highest abundance of 2,3-butanedione, pyruvaldehyde, and methyl ketones, and the lowest abundance of alcohols. © American Dairy Science Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-135
JournalJournal of Dairy Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Ewe milk cheese
  • High-pressure treatment
  • Volatile compound


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