Research supported by The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison.
Use of an Edible Film to Maintain Water Vapor Gradients in Foods
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2006
Journal of Food Science
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 382–384, March 1985
How to Cite
KAMPER, S. L. and FENNEMA, O. (1985), Use of an Edible Film to Maintain Water Vapor Gradients in Foods. Journal of Food Science, 50: 382–384. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2621.1985.tb13408.x
- Issue published online: 25 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 25 AUG 2006
- Ms reveived 7/23/84, revised 10/15/84, accepted 10/24/84.
An edible, biiayer film consisting of a layer of stearic-palmitic acid and a layer of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose was situated between two food components of markedly different water activities to determine the film's ability to retard equalization of water activity. Tomato paste or salted tomato paste was used as the high-moisture food and ground crackers were used as the low-moisture food. Compared to a filter paper control, the bilayer film substantially slowed transfer of water from the salted tomato paste to the crackers during 14 days at 25°C and 21 days at 5°C. During 70 days at -20°C, the film essentially stopped the transfer of water from tomato paste to the crackers.