Authors: SEVİM KÖSE, HİKMET KARAÇAM, SEBAHATTİN KUTLU, MUHAMMET BORAN
Abstract: 'Hamsikuşu' is a popular anchovy dish of the Eastern Black Sea region of Turkey. In this study, the shelf-life of this product in frozen storage at -18±1ºC was investigated. Four types of the product were packed and frozen at -35ºC and stored at -18±1ºC. The total bacteria counts, chemical analyses and sensory analysis of the samples were carried out before and at monthly intervals after freezing in order to test the shelf-life and quality. The results showed that the product was edible after three months of frozen storage at -18±1ºC. Therefore, it was concluded that anchovies can be marketed frozen out of season either cooked or uncooked if processed into 'Hamsikuşu'.
Keywords: Anchovy, hamsikuşu, frozen storage, shelf-life
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