• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 38, Pages: 1-8

Original Article

Behavior Assesment of Methylcellulose Coatings as Packaging Material for Fresh Costeno Cheese


Objective: In this research work, properties of the methylcellulose films were studied to be applied as coatings on Costeno cheese. Methods /Analysis: Methylcellulose (A4M) solutions were prepared at 1.5% w/v in 0.25, 0.25 and 0.75% sorbitol concentrations; and 1, 5 and 10% (w/w MC) citric acid. Nine formulations obtained from a 32 factorial experimental design were prepared to determine effect of sorbitol and citric acid addition on physicochemical and mechanical properties of films; the effect of addition of sorbitol as a plasticizer, and citric acid as a crosslinker of the polymer matrix. Findings: Transparent and flexible films were obtained for all cases. The 1.5 g MC, 0.25% sorbitol and 10% citric acid formulation was selected as the coating forming solution to be applied in Costeno cheese. A decline in weight loss and conservation of color of stored cheese was observed for 15 days under refrigeration once this formative solution was applied to Costeno cheese. Application /Improvements: Thus, the development of this research contributes to conservation of intermediate moisture products, such as Costeno cheese by using materials from renewable sources as an alternative to plastic materials.

Keywords: Costeno Cheese, Metilcellulose, Packaging Material 


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