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Foods 2018, 7(4), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods7040043

Effect of Oregano Essential Oil and Aqueous Oregano Infusion Application on Microbiological Properties of Samarella (Tsamarella), a Traditional Meat Product of Cyprus

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Department of Food Hygiene and Technology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Near East University, Nicosia 99138, Cyprus
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Değirmenlik Municipality Veterinary Affairs Directorate, Nicosia 99100, Cyprus
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Received: 21 February 2018 / Revised: 13 March 2018 / Accepted: 15 March 2018 / Published: 21 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Meat)
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Different types of dried meat products manufactured by different drying and curing methods are very common and well-known with a long history all over the world. Samarella (tsamarella) is one of these products and is famous among traditionally produced meat products in Cypriot gastronomy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of oregano essential oil (OEO) and aqueous oregano infusion (AOI) applications on the microbiological properties of samarella. In order to carry out this study, traditional methods were followed for experimental production of samarella. As a result of this study, five percent OEO application was found to be more effective to reduce microbiological counts but this ratio of OEO application was not accepted by panelists. According to all microbiological results correlated with the sensorial scores, it is concluded that one percent OEO application can be used for samarella production as an alternative preservative method. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cypriotmeat product; dry-cured meat; food safety; meat technology; microbiology Cypriotmeat product; dry-cured meat; food safety; meat technology; microbiology
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Ulusoy, B.; Hecer, C.; Kaynarca, D.; Berkan, Ş. Effect of Oregano Essential Oil and Aqueous Oregano Infusion Application on Microbiological Properties of Samarella (Tsamarella), a Traditional Meat Product of Cyprus. Foods 2018, 7, 43.

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