Effects of Ripening Conditions on the 'Lomo embuchado' Sausage Quality
Effects of Ripening Conditions on the 'Lomo embuchado' Sausage Quality
Food Science of Animal Resources. 2014. Jun, 34(3): 333-338
Copyright © 2014, Korean Society for Food Science of Animal Resources
  • Received : April 02, 2014
  • Accepted : May 01, 2014
  • Published : June 30, 2014
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Ho Sung, Choe
Department of Animal Biotechnology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Korea
Kwanseob, Shim
Department of Animal Biotechnology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Korea
Jong Hyun, Jung
Department of Animal Biotechnology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Korea
Yi Hyung, Chung
Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-921, Korea
Daekeun, Shin

The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of two different ripening durations, with, or without adding rosemary powder, on Lomo embuchado (LEO) sausage quality. All LEOs were ripened for two different durations, 45 or 60 d, with, or without the addition of rosemary powder, as follows: 1) LEO ripened for 45 d (LER45), 2) LEO ripened for 60 d (LER60), 3) rosemary LEO ripened for 45 d (RLE45), and 4) rosemary LEO ripened for 60 d (RLE60). Significant differences were observed in both moisture and ash content, with higher moisture and less ash content in LER45 ( p <0.05). No trend was shown in the crude protein content of the four different treatments, but significantly low protein content was shown only in RLE45 ( p <0.05). Ripening for 45 d improved the lightness, yellowness, and water activity of LEOs ( p <0.05). However, ripening duration together with rosemary powder addition had no significant effects on redness ( p >0.05). The LER45 generated significantly improved chewiness, gumminess, and hardness, as compared to both LER60 and RLE60 ( p <0.05). In conclusion, the results suggest that ripening for 45 d seems to enhance LEO quality, but that rosemary powder addition may not be required to develop good LEO quality.
Dry-cured meat products can be classified into three different groups: Lomo embuchado (LEO), dry-cured ham, and dry-cured shoulder. ‘ Lomo embuchado ’ is a typical Spanish dry-cured meat product, which does not use smoke for production ( Fernanadez ., 2007 ). Two main stages, including salt-seasoning and dry-maturation must be performed to prepare LEO, but only a short salting step is necessary compared to dry-cured ham and shoulder ( Pérez-Alvarez ., 1997 ). However, the salt added at the primary stage of the LEO process can effectively influence LEO quality by changing color and muscle protease activities ( Jurado ., 2007 ; Molinero ., 2008 ; Pérez-Alvarez ., 1997 ; Poligné ., 2002 ). Due to salt supplementation on LED, only limited amount of free amino acids is released by reduced muscle protease activities and then the sweetness of LEO is able to be lowered ( Jurado ., 2007 ; Reina ., 2014 ). Moreover, adding salt accelerates LEO oxidation ( Aguirrezábal ., 2000 ; Hernandez ., 1999 ) and is not desirable for the LEO textual properties when they are ripened over longer periods of time.
Synthetic antioxidants, including butylated hydroxytoluene, butylated hydroxyanisole, and tertiary butylated hydroquinone are commonly added to meat products to scavenge reactive oxygen species (ROS) and to avoid rancidity ( Hettiarachchy ., 1996 ; Sallam ., 2004 ; Shin, 2006 ). However, there may be a risk of generating toxicity and/or mutagenicity, when excessive synthetic antioxidants are included in meat products, and, health conscious consumers tend to avoid many categories of meat products ( Li ., 2009 ; Shin ., 2011 ). ROS and microorganisms are generally formed during the ripening of meat products. They participate in increasing free amino acid and short chain fatty acids concentration resulting in tenderness and enhanced flavor. However, LEO can easily deteriorate due to ROS and microorganisms depending on the day of storage. Thus, ROS formation and microorganism should be regulated by natural antioxidants and antimicrobials including garlic, sorghum, and rosemary ( Kil ., 2009 ; Moreno ., 2006 ; Sallam ., 2004 ; Shin, 2006 ).
This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of ripening on LEO quality, as well as the effect of adding rosemary powder to LEO, as rosemary powder is a natural antioxidant and antimicrobial. The effects on LEO were estimated by assessing pH, color, microorganism population, and texture properties.
Materials and Methods
- Lomo embuchadoformulation and preparation
To manufacture LEOs, modified LEO formulation was tested in triplicate. Three kilogram of lean pork loin was purchased at a local slaughter house and trimmed to remove any visible fat and fascia. Every loin was salted and seasoned in accordance with the common technique of Spanish producers. Based on loin weight, four different mixtures of 2% sun-dried salt, 2% water, 0.02% nitrite, 4% Korean traditional red pepper paste, 1% onion powder, 1% garlic powder, and 1% ginger powder were prepared, and an additional 0.025% rosemary powder was added to two different mixtures. One of the four spice mixtures was homogeneously rubbed over the pork loin surface, and they were divided into four different groups: 1) LEO ripened for 45 d (LER45), 2) LEO ripened for 60 d (LER60), 3) rosemary LEO ripened for 45 d (RLE45), and 4) rosemary LEO ripened for 60 d (RLE60). All pork loins were stored at 4℃ for 7 d. Each pork loin was then stuffed into cattle large intestines, which were washed, trimmed, and stored cleanly. Ripening in a drying chamber at 12℃ and 65% relative humidity was applied for 45 or 60 d. LEOs derived from the four different groups were used to determine the effects of ripening time and rosemary powder on LEO.
- Moisture, crude fat, crude protein and ash determination
Moisture, crude fat, crude protein and ash content were determined using an oven-drying, Soxhlet, Kjeldahl and dry ashing methods, as depicted in #934.01, #954.08, #984.13 and #900.02 of AOAC (1995) , respectively. All data are reported as percentages (%).
- pH, CIE color space values, and water activity determinations
Ten g of LEO and 90 mL of double distilled water were homogenized for 30 s at 13,500 rpm (T25B, IKA Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia). Duplicate readings of each sample were taken using a pH meter (Orion 420A+, Thermo Electron Co., USA), and the average pH value per treatment was reported.
A colorimeter (Minolta Chroma Meter CR-300, Minolta Co. Ltd, USA) was used to determine CIE L* (lightness), a* (redness) and b* (yellowness) color space values. The colorimeter was calibrated daily using a white tile (Y=92.8, x=0.3134, y=0.3193), and duplicate readings per sample were conducted daily. The average of each color space value was reported as CIE L*, a*, and b* color space values, respectively.
Individual water activity (a w ) of LEO was determined for each treatment using a Thermoconstanter a w Sprint Novasina TH500 (Novasina, Axair Ltd., Switzerland) at 25℃, and the average of nine different LEO a w readings per treatment was reported.
- Microbiological analysis and identification
Each LEO sample was cut into 3 pieces, and the end pieces were discarded. The remaining piece was then sliced to 2 cm thickness, and approximately 0.1 cm of each LEO exterior was removed. A 25 g sample and 225 mL autoclaved peptone water were mixed together and homogenized using a mechanical stomacher (Stomacher ® 400, England) for 2 min. One mL of homogenized sample was collected, and a serial dilution with autoclaved peptone water was performed. A 200 or 100 μL aliquot of diluted sample was plated on plate count agar (Difco, USA), violet red bile agar (Difco, USA) or de Man Rogosa and Sharpe Agar (Difco, USA) with bromophenol blue staining for total plate counts, E. coli or lactic acid bacteria, respectively. All plates were then incubated for 24-72 h at 37℃, after which the colonies were counted and expressed as Log CFU/g.
All 25 g of homogenized sample and 225 mL of phosphate- buffered dilution water, E. coli broth, UVM-modified Listeria , peptone water or tryptone soy broth for Bacillus cereus , E. coli and E. coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp. and Staphylococcus aureus , respectively, were mixed and homogenized. All homogenized samples were then incubated at 30-37℃ for 24 h, after which the samples were marked on Mannitol- Egg Yolk Polymyxin Agar, Eosin Methylene Blue and SMAC, Oxford Agar, Xylose Lysine Desoxycholate or Mannitol Salt Agar plates, respectively. They were then re-incubated at 30-37℃ for 24-48 h, depending on the microorganism. The B. cereus , E. coli and E. coli O157: H7, L. monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. and S. aureus samples were then isolated and validated using the Vitek BCL (Biomerieux, Marcy I’Etoile, France) for B. cereus , Vitek GN+ (Biomerieux, Marcy I’Etoile, France) for E. coli., Salmonella spp. and S. aureus, or Vitek GP+ for L. monocytogenes (Biomerieux, Marcy I’Etoile, France). Additional analysis for E. coli O157:H7 in accordance with Vitek GN+ was confirmed using a serum test.
- Texture property determination
All LEO samples were shaped into cubes (1×1×1 cm), and were warmed and placed on a texture analyzer (TAXT Express, Stable Micro System, England) equipped with a cylindrically shaped plunger (5 mm diameter). The texture analysis for adhesiveness, chewiness, cohesiveness, gumminess, hardness, and springiness was established with a 2 mm/s pre-test speed, 1 mm/s test speed, and 2 mm/s post-test speed for the texture analyzer plunger. Each sample area was reported, averaged, and expressed as adhesiveness (N s), chewiness (N mm), cohesiveness (%), gumminess (N), hardness (N), and springiness (mm).
- Statistical analysis
All data were analyzed using the General Linear Model (GLM) procedure of SAS ver. 6.12 software ( SAS, 1998 ) (SAS Institute, USA), and differences were detected using Duncan’s multiple range test with a p <0.05.
Results and Discussion
- Proximate composition ofLomo embuchado
As shown in Table 1 , both LER45 and RLE45 had higher levels of moisture (46.98 or 50.53%) and lower levels of ash (6.75 or 6.63%) than those of LER60 and RLE60. Pérez-Alvarez . (1999) reported that moisture decreases with increased duration of ripening and that most water loss occurs after 2 d of ripening. As the water content of LER60 and RLE60 declined in comparison to LER45 and RLE60, relatively high amount of raw sample instead of water was applied for protein and ash determination. Higher water loss due to ripening day of LEO may have been the cause of difference in ash and protein contents. LER60 had higher protein and ash contents than those of LER45.
Proximate composition ofLomo embuchadoafter 45 or 60 d ripening and/or adding rosemary powder
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1) Treatments: LER45=Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, LER60=Lomo embuchado ripened for 60 d, RLE45=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, RLE60=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 60 d (n=3). 2) SEM=standard error of the mean. a,b,cMean values within a column followed by different letters indicate a significant difference (p<0.05)
- pH, color and water holding capacity ofLomo embuchado
Neither ripening duration nor rosemary powder addition affected pH values or CIE a* color space values of the LEOs (Table 2) ; however, just in case of treatment added with rosemary, there was significant difference of lightness, yellowness and a w between ripening duration. In general, pH accounts for CIE L* of sausages due to the denaturalization of protein resulting in water release ( Fermández- López ., 2004 , 2008 ; Woelfel ., 2002 ). Free surface water increases light refraction of sausages,which makes them lighter in color ( Fermández-López ., 2008 ; Susan ., 1991 ). In this study, either LER45 or RLE45 contained high amount of moisture than others (Table 1) , and only numerical pH changes of LER45 and RLE45 LEOs were made. Therefore, it is clear that lightness of LER45 and RLE45 was not motivated by moisture content and/or pH of LEOs. Ripening duration effectively influenced by eliminating water on the LEO surface, showing lower lightness in LEOs ripened for 60 d than others. Yellowness and a w were numerically higher in LER45 as compared to those of LER60. However, changes in yellowness and a w were completed when rosemary was added to LEOs ( p <0.05). It seems that 45 and 60 d of ripening difference did not provide any alterations in yellowness and a w , even though water content and/or activity can be influenced by adding salt and sugar to LEOs ( Hutton, 2002 ; Ordóòez ., 1999 ).
pH, color and water holding capacity ofLomo embuchadoafter 45 or 60 d ripening and/or adding rosemary powder
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1)Treatments: LER45=Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, LER60=Lomo embuchado ripened for 60 d, RLE45=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, RLE60=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 60 d (n=3). 2)SEM=standard error of the mean. 3)aw =water activity. a-cMean values within a column followed by different letters indicate a significant difference (p<0.05)
- Microbiological analysis ofLomo embuchado
Only LER45 and RLE45 LEOs were examined to evaluate total plate count (TPC), E. coli ., and LAB counts and to assess B. cereus , E. coli , E. coli O157:H7, L. monocytogenes , Salmonella spp and S. aureus growth (Tables 3 and 4) . TPC and LAB were observed in LEOs, but E. coli was not found in LER45 and RLE45. Both TPC and LAB did not significantly differ in LER45 and RLE45, respectively; however, a numerical distinction was observed. As LABs are predominant microorganisms in fermented sausage ( Antara ., 2002 ; Coppola ., 2000 ), a common common microorganism assessed in LEO was LAB. TPC values of LER45 and RLE45 were 7.85 and 6.64 CFU/g, respectively, and these were similar to LABs counted on both LER45 and RLE45. RLE45 LEOs, which included 0.025% rosemary powder, showed numerically low TPC and LAB values than those of LER45. Although the antimicrobial effects of rosemary are solvent dependent, both water and methanol rosemary extracts, containing carnosic acid, carnosol and/or rosmarinic acid, effectively influenced bacterial counts ( Moreno ., 2006 ), and hence, numerically low TPC and LAB numbers were determined for samples containing 0.025% rosemary extract when ripened for 45 d.
Quantitative evaluation of total plate, coliform and lactic acid bacteria counts ofLomo embuchadoafter 45 d ripening and/or adding rosemary powder
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1)Treatment: LER45=Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, RLE45=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d (n=3). 2)SEM=standard error of the mean. 3)ND=not detected
Qualitative evaluation forBacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonellaspp. andSalmonella aureusofLomo embuchadoafter 45 d ripening and/or adding rosemary powder
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1)Treatments: LER45=Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, RLE45=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d (n=3). +=detected. −=not detected
Powers. (1975) reported that about 53% of spices, generally added to sausage, have a large number of B. cereus spores; therefore, it was no surprise that B. cereus might be detected in all LEOs containing 10% added spice. However, B. cereus was only detected in RLE45, and this may be explained by the study of Ivanovic . (2012) , which reported that rosemary was not able to influence the growth of B. subtilis but was effective for Staphylococcus aureus growth. This means that rosemary can easily be contaminated by B. subtilis than Staphylococcus aureus , and consecutive contamination of meat products may occur when rosemary is added. Therefore, rosemary may be a source of B. subtilis to LEO, as shown in Table 4 .
- Texture properties ofLomo embuchado
The texture properties, including adhesiveness, cohesiveness, and springiness, were not affected by either ripening duration or rosemary powder ( p >0.05). However, chewiness, gumminess, and hardness were influenced by ripening duration. The LEOs chewiness in Table 5 fluctuated, but high chewiness was determined in LER60 and RLE60 in comparison to that of LER45 and RLE45, respectively. A similar trend was determined for gumminess and hardness also, and LER60 and RLE60 treatments showed high gumminess and hardness than those of the others. As a longer ripening duration was applied to LEOs, both protein and lipid oxidation occurred, with conse-quent water loss and fat degradation, which led to increased LEO hardness, with ripening ( Hoz ., 2004 ; Muguerza ., 2004 ). Water loss and fat degradation seem to be the main factors determining the chewiness, gumminess and hardness of LEOs, leading to the distinction observed for LER60 compared to that of LER45.
Texture properties ofLomo embuchadoafter 45 or 60 d ripening and/or adding rosemary powder
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1)Treatments: LER45=Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, LER60=Lomo embuchado ripened for 60 d, RLE45=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 45 d, RLE60=Rosemary Lomo embuchado ripened for 60 d (n=3). 2)SEM=standard error of the mean. a-cMean values within a column followed by different letter indicate a significant difference (p<0.05)
In conclusion, this study was carried out to determine the effects of ripening duration and adding rosemary powder on LEO quality. Higher moisture and lower ash was observed for LER45 compared to those of LER60. LER 45 showed higher lightness, yellowness, and a w than those of both LER60 and RLE60. Only B. cereus was recorded when rosemary powder was added, and samples were ripened for 45 d. LER45 exhibited improved chewiness, gumminess, and hardness, compared to those of LER60. Therefore, the results indicate that LER45 without adding rosemary enhanced the quality characteristics of LEO.
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