Modified atmosphere and modified humidity packaging of fresh mushrooms

S. Roy, R. C. Anantheswaran, R. B. Beelman

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Sorbitol and sodium chloride were used to modify the in-package relative humidity (IPRH) of fresh mushrooms (water irrigated and CaCl2 irrigated) stored in a modified atmosphere package (MAP) at 12°C. No differences were observed for maturity index and microbial population between mushrooms stored in modified atmosphere package (MAP) with or without moisture absorbers. Lower IPRH was observed in packages containing water irrigated (normally grown) mushrooms with sodium chloride, but resulted in over-drying of mushrooms and did not improve color. Normally grown mushrooms with 10 and 15g sorbitol had the best color. IPRH of 87-90%, within 9 days storage was considered optimum. No improvements in quality were found with moisture absorbers with normally grown mushrooms. However, a small amount of sorbitol helped to avoid condensation with CaCl2 irrigated mushrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-397
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Food Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science


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