Diced pears packed in flexible retortable pouches were manufactured to obtain packages with 10, 15, 20 and 30 cm3 residual gas, then stored at 4.4, 26.7 and 37.8 °C for six months. The 2-furaldehyde and 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde values increased and pears turned darker, softer, more homogeneous in shape/size, less fruity in flavor and aroma, and less acceptable to consumers over time. Elevated temperatures and high residual gas levels were particularly detrimental to pear quality. Highest quality was maintained for 6 months when pears packaged at any residual gas level were stored at 4.4 °C. Acceptable quality was maintained for 6 months in pears packaged with less than 30 cm3 residual gas, stored at 26.7 °C. Pear quality declined most rapidly at 37.8 °C, 30 cm3 residual gas. Residual gas volume of 15 cm3 should not be exceeded to maintain highest quality and acceptability of diced pears packed in flexible retortable pouches.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Food Science
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Flexible retortable pouches
- Residual gas