GOMEZ ZAVAGLIA Andrea
Influence of different storage conditions on the performance of spray-dried yogurt used as inoculum for milk fermentation
C. BATER, M. SANTOS, M.V. GALMARINI, A. GÓMEZ ZAVAGLIA, J. CHIRIFE
Journal of Dairy Research
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Lugar: Cambridge; Año: 2019
In present study a commercial drinkable yogurt with and without 4% of added trehalose (as cell protectant) was spray-dried obtaining a powder with low water activity (aw). Total bacterial count in the powder was between 8.48-8.90 log cfu/g. The dried yogurt was stored: i) at 38ºC and aw = 0.33; ii) at 38ºC in hermetically sealed flasks (aw = 0.21/0.22); iii) in a cyclic temperature chamber (10-20ºC) in hermetically sealed flasks (aw = 0.21/0.22). Whole milk was then fermented by adding an inoculum of spray-dried yogurt after storage under the abovementioned conditions. The kinetics of acidification evidenced the presence of a lag time which was strongly dependent on storage conditions. The data was fitted with a logistic type equation from which the lag time was calculated. To evaluate structural differences among samples, Fourier Transform Infrared spectra (FTIR) were recorded. Partial Least Squares (PLS) models enabled a good correlation between lag time of fermentation and FTIR spectra. The lag time for yogurt powder stored at aw about 0.21/0.22 and cyclic temperature 10-20 ºC remained approximately constant over the 12 weeks of storage, while all the other conditions resulted in a dramatic increase. The addition of trehalose had a small influence on lag time and, therefore, as a protectant of lactobacilli.