Just another blog about food processing and the important of food processing. It is about the conversion of raw materials or ingredients into the consumer product. Food processing also can be defined as the branch of manufacturing that starts with raw animal, vegetable, or marine materials and transforms them into intermediate foods stuff or edible products through the application of labor, machinery, energy, and scientific knowledge.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Ripening of cheese

Cheese ripening is a slow and consequently an expensive process. It us a biochemical process which takes place under physical, microbial and enzymatic conditions. A nearly tasteless raw cheese is converted into a smooth, tasty finished product having characteristics properties.

The expense of cheese ripening arises principally from the inventory cost associated with holding a large amount of cheese in storage and the capital cost of providing a ripening facility adequate to hold sufficient cheese during ripening.

Traditionally, cheese was ripened in caves or cellars, probably at 15-20°C for much of the year.

Since the introduction of mechanical refrigeration for cheese-ripening rooms in the 1940s, the use of a controlled ripening temperature has become normal practice in modern factories.

Ripening usually involves the softening of cheese texture, as a consequence of the hydrolysis of the casein matrix, changes in the water-binding of the curd and changes in pH.

Cheese reacts by a hydrolytic denaturation through various stages, which can take place simultaneously, proceeding until the stage of basic molecules, i.e. amino acid.

During ripening, cheese flavor develops due to the production of a wide range of sapid compounds by the biochemical pathways.
Ripening of cheese

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