Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Corn sweeteners were compared with sucrose in cure formulas for hams. Thirty-six hams were randomly treated with nine sweetener treatments replicated four times. Combinations of sucrose, 55% high fructose corn syrup, 42% high fructose corn syrup, and high maltose corn syrup were used in brine formulas for pumping the hams. Sensory evaluations found no significant difference between sweetener type and sensory scores on color, flavor, tenderness, and overall satisfaction. However, ham weights appeared to be affected slightly by sweetener type. Sucrose produced greater ham yields at a 3% sweetener level. However, 55% high fructose corn syrup at 3.15% equalled the yield observed for sucrose. Forty-two percent high fructose corn syrup at greater than 3.3% solid level approached the yields observed for sucrose. Since sensory factors do not appear to be affected by corn syrup solids, only economic and yield factors need bc considered for their use in commercially produced hams.
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