Influence of Packaging Materials on Hardness of Cashew Kernel

Publication Date : 02/01/2016

Author(s) :

S. P. Divekar , N. J. Thakor , A. B. Awasarmal , A. M. Pitre.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
Issue 12
(01 - 2016)

Abstract :

The cashew kernels were packed in three polyethylene bags having thickness 100 gauge, 200 gauge and 300 gauge. Cashew kernels were packed in total 30 bags for each gauge and stored for 10 weeks. The sealing of bags was done on continuous band sealer. Then samples were analyzed under Texture analyzer and the force required to rupture the cashew kernels was recorded. During study it was observed that due to permeability of packaging material to the moisture, the moisture content of Cashew Kernels get increased which tend to soften the cashew kernels. Thus as storage period increases the hardness of cashew kernels decreases due to moisture. Thus it was found that 300 gauge polyethylene bag is more suitable to store cashew kernels for longer period of time i.e. up to 10 weeks as compared to other polyethylene bags.

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