Effects of Vacuum Container on the Storability of Leftover Tofu

진공용기를 이용한 포장두부의 개봉 후 저장성 연장

  • Published : 2009.02.28

Abstract

Commercial tofu was cut and re-packed in a vacuum container, an airtight container and an open tofu tray in an effort to assess the effects of vacuum containers on the shelf life of leftover tofu. The re-packed tofu were stored at $5^{\circ}C$ and $25^{\circ}C$ for the enumeration of total bacteria and coliforms. We also measured changes in color, pH, and opacity. The vacuum retarded the bacterial growth under $10^5$ CFU/mL for up to 12 days at $5^{\circ}C$. The color of the tofu was unaffected by the container type at both storage temperatures, whereas the pH and opacity of the immersion solution were altered less profoundly by storage in the vacuum container at $5^{\circ}C$. However, we noted no significant differences in bacterial growths, pH, and opacity among container types at $25^{\circ}C$. The results of this study showed that the usage of vacuum containers may be a favorable method for the preservation of tofu under refrigerated conditions.

Keywords

tofu;vacuum;shelf life;packaging;container

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