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The effects of slicing method on the quality and storage-life of modified atmo¬sphere packaged carrot slices were determined using microscopy, sensory evalu¬ation, microbial counts and a range of physical and chemical tests. Slicing caused physical damage, physiological stress and enhanced microbial growth. The se¬verity of these effects were in the order of blunt machine blade > sharp machine blade > razor blade. These findings provide insights into the magnitude and ba¬sis of slicing effects and also confirm the importance of gentle processing and the use of a sharp blade.
Barry-Ryan, C., O'Beirne, D.:Quality and shelf-life of fresh cut carrot slices as affected by slicing method. Journal of Food Science, 63 (5), 851-856. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2621.1998.tb17913.x