EVALUATION OF FREEZE-DEHYDRATED BEEFSTEAKS FOR NAVY USE
NAVAL SUPPLY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITY BAYONNE NJ
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A study was conducted to determine the suitability of freeze- dehydrated beefsteaks for Navy use. Two types of dehydrated beefsteaks procured were dehydrated rib-eye steaks, Type I, and dehydrated round steaks, Type IV. It was found that one pound of dehydrated rib-eye steaks yields approximately 1. 65 pounds of ready-to-eat steaks, and one pound of dehydrated round yields 1.91 pounds of ready-to-eat steaks. The rib-eye steaks had no apparent defects whereas, the round steaks had such defects as heavy connective tissue, excessive fat, and irregularity of shape, which adversely affected its over-all acceptability. Both the rib-eye and round steaks without defects were organoleptically acceptable. The rib-eye, on a per steak basis, due partially to a difference in portion size, costs approximately 72.5 more than the round steak. It was recommended that both types of steak not be considered as a direct substitute for fresh beefsteaks, but as an emergency item for shipboard use when such items are deemed necessary and cost is not a factor. In addition, the round steak not be considered unless the over-all quality of the product can be improved.
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