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By: Dr. Aubrey Coffee Clemson University. Historical  Evaluation of goods, water, weapons, etc. by humans  The rise of trading  graders  professional.

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1 By: Dr. Aubrey Coffee Clemson University

2 Historical  Evaluation of goods, water, weapons, etc. by humans  The rise of trading  graders  professional tasters  Systematic “sensory” analysis based on: ◦ Wartime efforts

3 Historical  Development of triangle test (Scandinavia) ◦ Food Science Dept at UC Davis (1965)  Sensory methods developed to serve economic interests ◦ Worth or acceptability of commodity ◦ Evaluates alternate courses  optimizes value for money

4 Principle uses of sensory techniques:  Quality control  Product development  Research

5 Sensory Evaluation – Formal Process

6  The assessment of all the qualities of a food item as perceived by the human senses  Not merely food “tasting” it can involve describing food color as well as texture, flavor, aftertaste, aroma, tactile response, and even auditory response  Sometimes sensory analysis is used interchangeably with sensory evaluation.

7 IFT Definition of Sensory Evaluation: The scientific discipline used to evoke, measure, analyze, and interpret human reactions to those characteristics of foods and beverages as they are perceived by the senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing

8 Primary function of sensory testing: To conduct valid and reliable tests, which provide data on which sound decision can be made.

9 The role of sensory evaluation is to…. provide valid and reliable information to R&D, production, and marketing for management to make sound business decisions about the perceived sensory properties of products.

10 Sensory Evaluation as a Scientific Method  Incorporates the following : ◦ Identification of a problem ◦ The statement of a hypothesis ◦ An experimental strategy to investigate the problem  Strategy accomplished through data collection and analysis and a conclusion is reached that answers the original question

11 Sensory Evaluation as a Scientific Method  The conclusion either accepts or rejects the hypothesis according to the results of the study

12 Sensory Evaluation as a Quantitative Science  When numerical data are collected to establish specific relationship between product characteristics and human perception.  Human responses to stimuli are quantified.

13  Classified according to their primary purpose and most valid use  Critical to match test method to objectives of project  Three classes are most commonly used ◦ Affective ◦ Discrimination ◦ Descriptive  Each have a different goal and selection criteria for panelist

14 Discrimination Panelist are screened for sensory acuity, oriented to test method, sometimes trained Descriptive Panelist are screened for sensory acuity and motivation, are highly trained Affective Panelist are screened for product use, are untrained

15 Formal Evaluation  R&D at Corporate Offices (McDonalds, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, Wendy’s, Denny’s Informal Evaluation  Wait staff sampling daily specials; Customers-specials of the day; chefs- developing new menu items (trial/error)

16 The Way We Eat: File of Dreams

17 We tend to perceive the attributes of a food item in the following order…..  Appearance  Odor / aroma / fragrance  Consistency and texture  Flavor (aromatics, chemical feeling, taste)

18 There are at least three steps in the process of sensory perception:




22 TasteOdor Mouth feel Trigeminal perception Flavor The overall impression of flavor is a combination of taste, odor, mouthfeel, and trigeminal perception

23 TASTE Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami ODOR / VOLATILES TRIGEMINAL STIMULI Excitement Variety & Interest Basic Notes The Flavor Pyramid Concept by Dr. Kilcast

24  Similar in concept with Dr. Kilcast  Describes the development of flavor differently  At the base or foundation of his pyramid is Emotion, followed by Appearance, Aroma, Texture, Sensation, and at the top, Basic Tastes.

25  Childhood  Travel  Family  Events  Culture  Past Experiences

26  Color  Contrast  Size  Height  Plate Coverage

27  Acidic  Esters  Spicy  Lactonic  Sulfury  Sweet  Woody/Smokey  Terpenic

28  Crunchy  Crispy  Soft  Mushy  Smooth  Creamy

29  Cooling  Numbing  Fullness  Tingle  Burn  Bite  Pungency  Astringency

30  Sour  Sweet  Bitter  Salty  Umami (Savory)

31 When Science Sniffs Around The Kitchen

32 How do you incorporate sensory evaluation into your curriculum? As a course offering An introductory or first level course focusing on all aspects of sensory evaluation As a component in an existing course Incorporating elements of sensory evaluation within an basic culinary course Utilize ingredient companies educational initiatives

33 Hands-on Activities As a component in an existing course: Basic Tastes – Umami Laboratory

34 Scope (Introduction) Information on the topic Basic tastes types History on umami What is it? Where can it be found? How difficult is it to identify? Characteristics

35 Basic Tastes – Umami Laboratory Test Objective(s) Why is the laboratory being conducted? What do you expect the students to learn? Objective for this laboratory: To recognize and evaluate umami taste qualities

36 Basic Tastes – Umami Laboratory Materials and Methods for the Laboratory What supplies are needed – can be time intensive Include every step in the process – makes it easier the next time it is conducted Note adjustment or changes immediately after lab Include directions for the students If demonstrating, include also

37 Basic Tastes – Umami Laboratory Key Teaching Points List here the teaching points for the labs Just the “cake”, no “icing” As students are completing the lab, these would be the comments to emphasize the objectives stated in the beginning.

38 Basic Tastes – Umami Laboratory References Include all of your sources When using web-based sources, include address and date accessed – information do change Allows for students to complete further research Gives credit to researcher and authors

39 Basic Tastes – Umami Laboratory Supplemental Handouts Tables and forms for students data collection Additional information to reinforce topic or objectives

40 Basic Tastes – Umami Laboratory Tasting Grid Brewed Lite Soy SauceBrewed Soy SauceNon-brewed Soy Sauce Chocolate Sauce w/o Soy SauceSoy-Infused Chocolate Sauce

41 Hands-on Activities As a course offering: The Elements of Butter Laboratory

42 Research and Development New Product Development Ingredient Substitution.

43 Fresh Butter Mild, sweet, clean, pleasant flavor and a delicate aroma Appetite seems to “craves more of the product Reminiscent of the best “butter popcorn”.

44 Butter Buds ® 8x Enzyme modification technology Highly concentrated flavor in convenient powder form – 400 x the flavor strength 1# of Butter Buds ® 8x = flavor strength of ~ 8# butter Typical usage level: 1.0%-4.0% total batch weight

45 Diacetyl Greenish yellow liquid compound (CH 3 CO) 2 Occurs as a natural byproduct of fermentation Found in several dairy products (butter, cheese, milk), as well as bread, coffee, and rum Component of artificial butter flavoring

46 Questions?

47 References: Kaun, S The multi-sensory flavor experience. Flavor & the Menu. Tigard, Oregon. Pg Building on the flavor pyramid. Flavor & the Menu. Tigard, Oregon. Pg Flavor by Latitude. Flavor & the Menu. Tigard, Oregon. Pg Kikkoman International, Inc. 50 California Street, Suite 3600, San Francisco, Ca Website: McGee, H When science sniffs around the kitchen. New York Times. Accessed December 11, 2006 at &ex=1... &ex=1 Meilgaard, MM., Civille, GV., Carr, BT Sensory Evaluation Techniques. 3 rd Edition. CRC Press. New York Murano, P.S Understanding food science and technology. Wadsworth / Thompson Learning. Belmont, CA Powell, J The way we eat: file of dreams. New York Times. Accessed December 11, 2006 at

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