The Storage Life of Precooked Frozen Chicken
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS MA FOOD ENGINEERING LAB
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Two brands of commercially prepared fully cooked chicken were investigated. The chicken was stored at -12C., -18C. and -28C. and withdrawn for evaluation at 0, 3, 6 and 9 months. The chicken was heat conditioned for serving by heating either in a convection oven or in a deep fat fryer. Both 10 member technological and 30 member consumer panels were used to evaluate the product. The consumer panel evaluated the chicken as part of a luncheon menu. Analysis of panel scores indicated that the brand of chicken was not significant when evaluated by itself. The method of heat conditioning prior to serving had a significant influence on the flavor variance but no influence on any of the other organoleptic factors. The time in storage contributed to the variances found for color, odor, flavor and appearance, whereas, the temperature of storage influenced only the variance of the texture.
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