Influence of raw fish quality on some physicochemical and microbial characteristics as related to ripening of salted anchovies (Engraulis encrasicholus L)

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Abstract

Influence of raw fish quality on the sensorial, physicochemical, and microbiological characteristics as related to ripening of salted anchovies has been studied. Raw fish remained iced for 4 d and samples were periodically taken for processing following traditional methods on d 0 (Extra: high quality fish), 2 (A: medium quality fish) and 4 (B: inedible as human food). The enzymatic activity is not suppressed when the ripening period is completed and alkaline proteinase activity dominates. No statistical differences were observed in the sensory assessment and in the majority of physicochemical and microbiological data obtained during the ripening process. However, differences are observed when raw material is of grade C (low quality fish), especially in the proteinase activity at pH 9.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2631-2640
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Food Science
Volume67
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002

Keywords

  • Anchovy
  • Fish quality
  • Proteolysis
  • Ripening
  • Salting

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