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Keywords:

  • porosity;
  • oil uptake;
  • density;
  • frying;
  • potato

ABSTRACT

The porosity of a restructured potato product ranged from 0.089 to 0.168 after fluctuating subfreezing storage temperatures. A linear relation was found between oil uptake during frying and porosity prior to frying. Bulk and particle density, and porosity were monitored for up to 5 min during deep-fat frying. Particle density increased gradually, bulk density decreased and porosity increased noticeably. After an initial short period, oil uptake correlated linearly with porosity of the fried product. A new term, “net porosity” which excluded the void volume occupied by oil was developed for describing the oil uptake mechanism.