Sliced meat: how does it hold together?
a sliced meat or meat substitute holds together is an important
textural expectation of the consumer. The binding characteristics of the
sliced product can be greatly affected by its formulation and
processing thus affecting its tensile strength.
tensile grips or pneumatic grips are the traditional choice for tensile
testing there are alternatives for a soft and thin product such as
sliced meat. A Film Support Rig (shown in Figure 16) is
designed to hold small amounts of thin or film-like material in a drum
configuration in order to measure the biextensional properties of the
films using a puncture test.