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Food Preservation Techniques

Extending the shelf-life of foods whilst maintaining safety and quality is a critical issue for the food industry. As a result there have been major developments in food preservation techniques, which are summarised in this authoritative collection. The first part of the book examines the key issue of maintaining safety as preservation methods become more varied and complex. The rest of the book looks both at individual technologies and how they are combined to achieve the right balance of safety, quality and shelf-life for particular products.

Food scientists and technologists

Hardbound, 400 Pages

Published: October 2003

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-530-9


  • Probably the best book on preservation I have ever worked through., Food and Beverage Reporter
    Everything you have ever wanted to know about preservation is here., Food and Beverage Reporter


  • Part 1 Ingredients: The use of natural antimicrobials; Natural antioxidants; Antimicrobial enzymes; Combining natural antimicrobial systems with other preservation techniques: The case of meat; Edible coatings. Part 2 Traditional preservation technologies: The control of pH; The control of water activity; Developments in conventional heat treatment; Combining heat treatment, control of water activity and pressure to preserve foods; Combining traditional and new preservation techniques to control pathogens: the case of E.coli; Developments in freezing. Part 3 Emerging preservation techniques: Biotechnology and reduced spoilage; Membrane filtration techniques in food preservation; High intensity light; Ultrasound as a preservation technology; Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP); Pulsed electric fields; High hydrostatic pressure technology in food preservation. Part 4 Assessing preservation requirements: Modelling food spoilage; Modelling applied to foods: The case of solid foods; Modelling applied to processes: The case of thermal preservation; Food preservation and the development of microbial resistance; Safety criteria for minimally-processed food.


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