EFFECT OF SODIUM METABISULFITE AND CITRIC ACID ON THE QUALITY OF CRAYFISH (ASTACUS LEPTODACTYLUS)


Mol S. , Turkmen O. A.

JOURNAL OF MUSCLE FOODS, vol.21, no.2, pp.327-342, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1745-4573.2009.00185.x
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF MUSCLE FOODS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.327-342

Abstract

The aim of this study was the determination of the effect of sodium metabisulfite and citric acid on the quality of crayfish.. The first group of crayfish (control) was boiled, chilled and packaged. The second group was treated with chemicals (100 g live crayfish for 1 L water, 0.1 g sodium metabisulfite and 0.5 g citric. acid), then boiled, chilled and packaged. The last group was boiled with the same chemicals, chilled and packaged. Samples were stored at +4C. Treated samples were acceptable until the eighth day. However, the control samples spoiled according to the sensory analysis on the sixth day, and their pH, mesophilic and psychrophilic aerobic bacteria counts were (P < 0.05) higher than treated ones on that day. Using citric acid and sodium metabisulfite lower than the limits (50 mg/kg for cooked crustaceans according to Turkish and European Union legislations) improve the sensory quality and generally decrease the pH, mesophilic and psychrophilic aerobic bacteria counts of crayfish.