Meat Refrigeration


  • S J James
  • C. James, MA, DM, FRCS, FRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust, Aylesbury, UK

The chilling and freezing of meat remains an essential way of extending shelf-life and maintaining quality. Based on the work of the internationally-renowned Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Centre (FRPERC), Meat refrigeration provides an authoritative guide both to the impact of refrigeration on meat and best practice in using it to maximise meat quality for the consumer.

Part one considers the impact of refrigeration on meat quality. There are chapters on the microbiology of refrigerated meat and its influence on shelf-life, drip production, weight loss and the effect of refrigeration on colour and texture. Part two looks at best practice in managing the cold chain from carcass to consumer. The authors discuss primary chilling, freezing, thawing and tempering, transport, storage, retail display and consumer handing. Part three of the book looks at aspects of process control, including chapters on such issues as temperature measurement, the design and optimal use of refrigeration systems.

Both authoritative and practical, Meat refrigeration is a standard work for all those wishing to maximise the quality of refrigerated meat.
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Meat industry professionals


Book information

  • Published: April 2002
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-442-5

Table of Contents

Part 1 Refrigeration and meat quality: Microbiology of refrigerated meat; Drip production in meat refrigeration; Effect of refrigeration on texture of meat; Colour changes in chilling, freezing and storage of meat; Evaporation weight loss in meat refrigeration. Part 2 The cold chain from carcass to consumer: Primary chilling of red meat; Freezing of meat; Thawing and tempering; Transportation; Chilled and frozen storage; Chilled and frozen retail display; Consumer handling. Part 3 Process control: Thermophysical properties of meat; Temperature measurement; Specifying, designing and optimising refrigeration systems; Secondary chilling of meat and meat products.