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A quantitative method to measure and evaluate the peelability of shrimps (Pandalus borealis)

Gringer, Nina, Dang, Tem Thi, Orlien, Vibeke, Olsen, Karsten, Bøknæs, Niels, Jessen, Flemming
Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft + [i.e. und] Technologie 2018 v.94 pp. 20-24
Pandalus borealis, ice, industry, peeling, quantitative analysis, shrimp, texture
A novel, standardized method has been developed in order to provide a quantitative description of shrimp peelability. The peeling process was based on the measure of the strength of the shell-muscle attachment of the shrimp using a texture analyzer, and calculated into the peeling work. The self-consistent method, insensitive of the shrimp size, was proven valid for assessment of ice maturation of shrimps. The quantitative peeling efficiency (peeling work) and performance (degree of shell removal) showed that the decrease in peeling work correlated with the amount of satisfactory peeled shrimps, indicating an effective weakening of the shell-muscle attachment. The developed method provides the industry with a quantitative analysis for measurement of peeling efficiency and peeling performance of shrimps. It may be used for comparing different maturation conditions in relation to optimization of shrimps peeling.