Sensory characteristics and storage quality indicators of surimi franks nutritionally enhanced with omega-3 rich flaxseed oil and salmon oil

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Surimi franks were fortified with flaxseed or salmon oil at 2 g/100 g sample, franks without added oil served as a control. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances values were highest (P < 0.001) in salmon oil franks; however, these values did not change over the 21-day storage period regardless of frank type (P > 0.05). Frank pH decreased over time (P = 0.011) for all frank types. There were differences in textural properties between frank types (P < 0.05), with the flaxseed franks being softer and less gummy, cohesive and chewy than the control franks. Participants (n = 79; age 18–35) evaluated visual appeal, colour, aroma, texture, flavour and acceptability on a hedonic scale; there were no differences (P > 0.05) between franks. Fifty-four panellists reported consuming sausage on a weekly to monthly basis, and most (50/79) indicated interest in purchasing this type product. The surimi franks were accepted by young adult consumers, which may indicate market potential of these types of products.


Surimi franks were fortified with omega-3 rich oils. Changes in texture occurred over a storage period. Other quality indicators remained unchanged. Sensory evaluation showed surimi franks to be accepted by young adult consumers.

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