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pH & Water Activity Concern Arepas (Corn sandwich) with Mozzarella cheese


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#1 yosali13

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 01:36 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

So I am stuck and need some support.

I produce Arepa's (Corn sandwich) with Mozzarella cheese.

When being cooked there passed through an oven cooking at over 250F and then a cooling tunnel and then received and placed on trays until they are cooled down to move into the cooler..

 

Our PH and water activity is: (this is the results with mozzarella cheese, which is not applied to the arepa until it has cooled down to about 41-47F)

ph 5.72

wA 0.92

 

So, the million dollar question is, would this be considered a heat treated food since it is baked??? Does it fal under the NTCS?

 

Please any help or suggestion will be appreciated! 



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 03:02 PM

sorry, I can help on this one, but wanted to say that I love Arepa's!

 

Miss them, had lots of them in Panama and Costa Rica - homesick now!


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 10:27 AM

NTCS? what does that acronym mean.

 

Are there heating instructions and if so what are they?



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 12:46 PM

NTCS? what does that acronym mean.

 

Are there heating instructions and if so what are they?

Means that time and temperature control is not required.

It is a ready to eat product but it is packaged frozen or refrigerated when vacuum packed.

Heating instructions are to heat on a griddle for 3 min or until cheese begins to melt.



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 04:35 PM

sorry, I can help on this one, but wanted to say that I love Arepa's!

 

Miss them, had lots of them in Panama and Costa Rica - homesick now!

Thanks Glenn!

 

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