Table of Contents

Preliminaries; Contents; Preface; 1 Introduction; 2 The glass transition and microbial stability; 3 Modelling shelf life; 4 Sensory evaluation methods for shelf life assessment; 5 Accelerated shelf life tests; 6 Advanced instrumental methods the use of 1H relaxation NMR to monitor starch retrogradation; 7 Predicting packaging characteristics to improve shelf life; 8 Sous vide products; 9 Milk and milk products; 10 Confectionery products; 11 Fruits and vegetables; 12 Fats and oils; 13 Sauces and dressings; Index;. The stability and shelf-life of a food product are critical to its success in the market place, yet companies experience considerable difficulties in defining and understanding the factors that influence stability over a desired storage period. This book is the most comprehensive guide to understanding and controlling the factors that determine the shelf-life of food products.