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Application of Microwaves as an Advanced Technique for the Development of Sherry Vinegar Macerated with Pineapple

Analytical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences-IVAGRO, University of Cadiz, Agrifood Campus of International Excellence (ceiA3), Polígono Río San Pedro s/n, Puerto Real, 11510 Cadiz, Spain
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Academic Editors: Giacomo Luigi Petretto, Alberto Mannu and Quan V. Vuong
Beverages 2021, 7(2), 18;
Received: 15 February 2021 / Revised: 2 April 2021 / Accepted: 7 April 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021


This work proposes the elaboration of a product based on the maceration of Sherry Vinegar together with pineapple in order to extract certain volatile compounds that can be found in pineapples, giving a final product with new organoleptic properties and increased polyphenolic content. Maceration trials were carried out with the application of microwaves and ultrasound, which reduced the maceration time from the traditional three-day solid-liquid maceration to just a few minutes. In addition, through maceration, the total polyphenol index increased significantly with respect to unmacerated vinegar, and the volatile profile of the vinegars was significantly modified. The tasting scores placed the pineapple macerated vinegar sample obtained by traditional maceration in the first place with respect to pineapple aroma; however, the microwave extraction samples were better rated in terms of overall quality. It can be concluded that the application of extracting energies, such as microwaves, can be a viable alternative for the production of sherry vinegar macerated with pineapple.
Keywords: sherry vinegar; pineapple; microwaves; ultrasound; volatile compounds; sensory analysis sherry vinegar; pineapple; microwaves; ultrasound; volatile compounds; sensory analysis

1. Introduction

There is a current trend in the food and beverage market to diversify categories, with the aim of obtaining new products with properties that contribute to preventing diseases and that have new sensory qualities in comparison with conventional products [1]. Consumers are increasingly seeking to incorporate foods and beverages into their diet that, in addition to being different from the conventional ones, include attractive health promoting compounds [2].
In recent years, pineapple (the fruit of Ananas comosus, a plant grown in tropical areas) has become one of the most popular exotic fruits in demand. Because of its attractive sweet taste and tropical aromas, pineapple is widely consumed both as a fresh and a canned product, as well as in processed juices or as a seasoning ingredient in exotic dishes [3]. Pineapple varieties are numerous, but only a few of the main types are widely sold to the general public, such is the case of Perolera or Cayena Lisa. It is rich in caloric and nutritional content, thanks to, on the one hand, its high concentration of carbohydrates, and, on the other, minerals (calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, copper and iodine) and vitamins, especially ascorbic acid, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin [4].
Of all the oenological products, wine vinegar in general, and sherry vinegar in particular, is a traditional one, with an extensive market that is loyal to its taste attributes, but at the same time, holds great potential for the creation of new products. Until now, a number of studies have been carried out aiming at the elaboration of new products derived from sherry vinegar, such as beverages obtained from fruit juice and vinegar [1], vinegars with fiber content [5] or vinegars macerated with different fruits [2,6]. The results have been very satisfactory in terms of product enrichment with compounds that are beneficial to health as well as having new and appreciated sensory qualities.
When it comes to the development of new products using fruits, volatile compounds play an important role. On the one hand, aroma is diversified by maceration with fruits thanks to the addition of new volatile compounds derived from these fruits and, on the other hand, it is improved due to the harmonization of other volatile compounds that are already present in the traditional product. Both factors have a positive impact on the final quality of the new products [6]. Moreover, in today’s food industry, it is increasingly common to use new energies in extraction procedures. These new energies improve yields and reduce the time required for such operations, while being environmentally friendly.
Two of the most commonly used energies are microwaves and ultrasound. These extracting energies have already been widely used for the extraction of compounds in the production of oenological products such as wines [7,8,9,10] or brandies [11,12]. In the field of vinegar production, they have been successfully applied to accelerate wood aging [13], or for maceration with citrus fruits [14,15], with valuable organoleptic results and a very considerable shortening of the time required for production.
Therefore, this study aimed to optimize a microwave technique for the maceration of pineapple with Sherry vinegar, and compare it with an ultrasonic technique and traditional maceration in the extraction of phenolics and volatile compounds from Sherry vinegar and pineapple.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Raw Material

Three different pineapple presentations were used: fresh peeled pineapple (90% approx. water content), freeze-dried pineapple (1% approx. water content) and dehydrated pineapple (10% approx. water content). All of them were of the Cayena Lisa variety purchased from the local market. The dehydrated pineapple used was a commercially available product and the freeze-dried pineapple was produced by our team by freeze-drying the same type of fresh peeled pineapple acquired from local markets. For this purpose, VirTis Bench Top K equipment (SP Scientific, Gardiner, NY, USA) was used. The temperature, pressure and time parameters of the process were respectively −66 °C, 7.46 Pa and 5 days.
The vinegar used was a suitable vinegar for the production of Sherry vinegar and was supplied by a local vinegar producer. It had the appropriate organoleptic qualities, with an acidity level of 7 and an alcohol content of 0.5.

2.2. Maceration with Pineapple

The traditional maceration of the different types of pineapple was carried out, based on the conditions established by previous studies [2], in which the maceration of different fruits with vinegar was carried out by employing 200 g/L and 400 g/L of peel, without heating and for three days. In our study, 3-L glass jars were employed, where 1 L of vinegar and the respective dose of pineapple (200 g/L or 400 g/L) were incorporated. The pineapple was cut into approximately 1–2 cm pieces. The maceration temperature was 25 °C and the maceration time was 72 h. For the traditional static maceration, two stirrings were performed per day, one in the early morning and one in the afternoon. For the traditional maceration with agitation, magnetic stirrers were permanently operating at 300 rpm. All trials were conducted in duplicate.
The extractions with microwave energy were carried out with a Mars 6 equipment (CEM Corporation, Barcelona, Spain). The starting conditions were based on previous studies on the maceration of vinegar with citrus fruits in which 65 °C, 390 W and 11 min as maceration time were employed [15]. In our research, the power level was set at 350 W, the ramp time at 1 min 30 s and the treatment time ranged from 1 min 30 s to 20 min. The type of pineapple used for these macerations was fresh pineapple at a concentration of 400 g/L. All experiments were carried out in duplicate.
For the extractions with ultrasound energy, a Q1375 Qsonica sonicator, featuring 1375 W and 20 kHz (Qsonica, Newtown, CT, USA), was employed. The methodology and experimental conditions had already been fine-tuned in previous studies [14,16]. The operating parameters were therefore set as follows: sonication power 550 W/L, pulses 40 s ON/20 s OFF and total sonication time 30 min. In all the experiments the temperature of the sample was controlled through ice baths. The type of pineapple used was fresh pineapple at a concentration of 400 g/L and all experiments were carried out in duplicate.

2.3. Spectrophotometric Analysis

The different spectrophotometric analyses conducted in the study were carried out using UV-Vis equipment (Spectronic Helios, Thermo Electron Corporation, Waltham, MA, USA). For the analysis of the total polyphenol index (TPI), the absorbance at 280 nm of the samples diluted at 1:10 in distilled water was measured. The concentration of total polyphenols was also determined by Folin–Ciocalteu index (FCI) following the methodology described by Singleton [17]: a colorimetric method based on the absorbance measurement of the polyphenols of the sample, employing a reagent of phosphomolybdate and phosphotungstate (Folin’s reagent). For that method, a calibration curve employing gallic acid at five levels of concentrations was employed and the absorbance was measured at 750 nm. Folin’s reagent and gallic acid were supplied by Merck (Darmstadt, Germany). The Milli-Q water used for the analyses was obtained from a Millipore water purification system (Belford, MA, USA).

2.4. Analysis of Volatile Compounds

A Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) methodology described and optimized by previous studies [18,19] was employed. Briefly, 25 mL of sample together with 5.85 g of NaCl (Scharlab, Barcelona, Spain) and 84 μL of an internal standard solution (4-methyl-2-pentanol, Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA) were extracted by the stir bar at room temperature at 1250 rpm for 120 min. Commercial stir bars made of a non-polar material, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), with dimensions of 10 mm × 0.5 mm (length × film thickness), were supplied by Gerstel (Müllheim a/d Ruhr, Germany).
For the GC-MS analyses, a gas chromatograph with a mass spectrometer detector, Agilent 6890 GC-5973N MS (Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA, USA), fitted with a capillary column DB-Wax model (J&W Scientific, Folsom, CA, USA) of 60 m × 0.25 mm internal diameter with a 0.25 μm coating was used. A helium flow rate of 1 mL/min was employed as the carrier gas.
The peaks of the chromatogram were identified by analogy of the mass spectra according to Wiley library (Wiley Registry of Mass Spectral Data, 7th Edition, 2000) and supported by the use of standards in those cases where these were commercially available. For the semi-quantification, the measurement of the relative area of the base peak of each compound in relation to that of the internal standard, 4-methyl-2-pentanol, was employed.

2.5. Sensory Analysis

In order to determine the intensity of the pineapple aroma and the overall quality of the different maceration methods (traditional, microwaves and ultrasound), tasting sessions were carried out to evaluate and establish a ranking according to odor stimulus [20,21]. Two tasting sessions were held in a certified tasting room [22], and using standardized glasses [23]. The samples were presented to the judges accompanied by a randomly assigned identification three-digit code to preserve their traceability. The pineapple-macerated vinegars were tasted by a tasting panel formed by trained laboratory staff members (7 women and 4 men) between 20 and 50 years of age. The intensity of the pineapple aroma and the overall quality (based on aromatic intensity and absence/presence of defects) were evaluated according to a 5-point scale. Since the scope of the research was the obtention of a new product with a good acceptance by consumers, the panel was only focused on the intensity of the pineapple aroma and the overall quality, keeping in mind the point of view of a regular consumer who would evaluate these two main aspects.

2.6. Statistical Study

For the experimental design in the optimization of the microwave maceration conditions, Statgraphics Centurion XVIII (Statpoint Technologies Inc., Warrenton, VA, USA) was employed. Statistica 8.0 (StatSoft Inc., Tulsa, OK, USA) was used for the rest of the statistical study of the samples: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Principal Component Analysis (PCA), and post hoc analysis of the comparison of means based on Tukey’s test (p < 0.05).

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Optimization of the Product Development by Traditional Maceration

The experiments were started by performing traditional macerations with and without agitation, using different pineapple presentations (Table 1). As can be seen, in the case of freeze-dried pineapple, the concentration of pineapple used was considerably lower than that used in the other experiments, although the lowest amount of fresh pineapple used was 200 g/L. This strategy was based on the water loss that takes place in lyophilization processes. Since the freeze-drying process was performed in the laboratory, the initial amount of pineapple employed was known, and an amount of freeze-dried material corresponding to the initial 200 g/L of fresh pineapple was employed. In the case of dehydrated pineapple, the dehydration process was not carried out, but the product was acquired already prepared from the market. Therefore, the initial amount of fresh pineapple employed to obtain the dehydrated material was unknown. Therefore, the same amount as if it was fresh was employed, but taking into account that, actually, the initial amount of pineapple employed to obtain this dose was higher than 200 g/L. In all cases, a maceration time of 72 h was used [14].
After separating the solid parts from the pineapple, different yields of macerated vinegar (product) were obtained depending on the pineapple presentation used. In the case of fresh pineapple, 100% of the product volume was recovered. For dehydrated pineapple, the yield was 45% and for freeze-dried pineapple, it was 95%. The dehydrated pineapple absorbed 55% of the product, which after the separation of the solid parts was discarded together with the residue.
Samples from all trials were tasted to try and discriminate between the types of traditional maceration. The samples that received the highest score with respect to pineapple aroma intensity on a 1 to 5 scale were those elaborated with 200 g/L dehydrated pineapple (4.8 points out of 5), followed by 400 g/L fresh pineapple without magnetic agitation (4.1 points out of 5). This was a logical result, taking into account that, due to the dehydration process, the amount of dehydrated pineapple employed actually came from a higher amount of fresh pineapple. Of these two, the one with the highest pineapple aroma score was the dehydrated pineapple sample; however, it should be taken into account that the price of the dehydrated pineapple was 4 times that of the fresh pineapple and that the losses in the macerated product implied a drop of 55% in the final yield. The price of the raw material is a very important aspect to be considered when dealing with the obtention of new products and should not be underestimated.
When analyzing the pros and cons of the two best trials, it was concluded that the samples corresponding to the traditional maceration with fresh pineapple were the best option compared to that of dehydrated pineapple vinegar. The price of the raw material was not the only variable considered, but taking into account that other cheaper options also presented a high value of pineapple character, the decision was made by taking all these aspects into account, together with the yield of the process. Therefore, the optimal conditions for traditional maceration were established as 400 g of fresh pineapple/L of vinegar, two daily stirrings, and a maceration time of 72 h.

3.2. Optimization of Microwave Maceration

Once the target product had been developed by traditional maceration, efforts were made to optimize the process when microwave energies were applied with the objective of elaborating a product that was similar or even better than the one obtained by traditional maceration, but in a shorter maceration time. For this purpose, a central composite design of experiments consisting of a response surface (22 + 1 central point, 10 experiments, in duplicate) was established. The dose of fresh pineapple in all cases was 400 g/L, and the microwave power was 350 W. The parameters to be optimized were time (values limits: 3–10 min) and temperature (values limits: 30–60 °C). Total polyphenol index (TPI) and Folin–Ciocalteu index (FCI) were set as the response variables to be optimized because the objective was to obtain a product with the highest healthy character, related to the phenolic content. Table 2 presents the obtained parameters from the model.
Based on the evaluation of the statistic results, it was determined that temperature was the variable with the greatest influence on the concentration of polyphenols (Figure 1), with a direct correlation. It was also observed, that the samples that had been obtained at higher temperatures presented higher TPI and FCI values. Therefore, high temperature values (60 °C) were used.
Subsequently, in order to corroborate the effect of the time variable, several additional experiments were carried out (in duplicate) while keeping the temperature steady at a high level (60 °C) and varying the extraction time as follows: 10, 12.5, 15 and 20 min. The TPI and FCI values obtained are displayed in Table 3. For each one of these responses, significant differences were presented with different letters in the same column.
As can be seen, the highest TPI and FCI values were obtained when the extraction times were longer. Therefore, although initially the time variable appeared as non-significant in the experimental design for the interval 3–10 min, it seems that longer extraction times favor the increment of the polyphenolic content in the macerated vinegar samples.
On the other hand, we should note that the sensory analysis of the samples would focus on pineapple aroma intensity (data not shown). The results from such analyses revealed that longer maceration times did not significantly modify the vinegars obtained in relation to pineapple aroma, even when they presented greater polyphenolic contents.
Therefore, based on the results obtained for PTI, FCI, pineapple aroma and extraction time (all of them, important variables to be taken into account for the final decision), a pineapple concentration of 400 g/L, a power of 350 W, a temperature of 60 °C and maceration times of 10 and 20 min were adopted as the conditions to be employed in the subsequent microwave studies.

3.3. Comparison of the Extraction Methods

A comparison of the different optimized extraction methods (traditional maceration, microwave maceration) against ultrasound maceration carried out according to the conditions optimized by other authors was conducted [14]. The FCI obtained by the different methodologies was measured and presented in Figure 2.
As can be observed, all the extraction techniques significantly increased the FCI with respect to the initial unmacerated sample, where the traditional maceration together with the microwave extraction for 20 min was the highest, followed by the extraction with microwaves for 10 min and the extraction with ultrasound. Other authors have corroborated the fact that extraction techniques favor the transfer of polyphenolic compounds to oenological samples [24,25].
On the other hand, the samples studied were subjected to sensory evaluation and arranged in order from lowest to highest pineapple aroma intensity and overall quality. The ranking results are shown in Table 4.
As can be seen, all of the samples subjected to maceration with pineapple were ranked higher than the sample that had not been macerated. In addition, the traditional maceration sample was at the top, followed by the 10-min microwave maceration sample. However, in relation to the overall quality, it is interesting to mention that the sample to which ultrasound was applied presented defects in its aromatic profile, which caused the judges to rank it below the rest of the samples, including the initial unmacerated sample. In a previous study [15], the use of dynamic ultrasonication for the maceration of citrus fruits with vinegar also provided the product with olfactory flaws, but the employment of static ultrasonication was successfully employed for the maceration of orange and lemon peels with vinegar [14,15]. However, static ultrasound was ranked after traditional and microwave maceration when these three techniques were compared [15]. Our results with pineapple corroborate this preference, because in this case, the judges positioned the vinegar sample that had been microwaved for 10 min in first place, ahead of the traditionally macerated sample.
These tests demonstrated that the microwave extraction samples had similar organoleptic characteristics to those obtained through traditional maceration and could therefore be a valid alternative for the successful elaboration of a quality product.

3.4. Analysis of Volatile Compounds

The pineapple macerated vinegar samples that had been obtained using the different extraction methods were subjected to analysis of volatile compounds using the Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction technique coupled to Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry detection (SBSE-GC-MS). A total of 32 volatile compounds were identified as shown in Table 5. The approximate number of chromatographic peaks present in the chromatograms was around 100, but due to the lack of commercial standards, only 32 were selected for the study. This selection was based on the previous experience of the researchers and it was focused on those compounds with a high percentage of matching against the library data (>85%).
As can be seen, a greater number of compounds were identified in the macerated samples (32 different compounds) compared to their presence in the initial vinegar that had not been macerated and where only 23 compounds were identified. The increase in the number of volatile compounds detected in Sherry vinegar after maceration with fruits had been previously reported by other authors [6,14,15]. Some of the compounds found in the samples macerated with pineapple are directly related to the volatile compounds profile of pineapple. Among these, we should mention methyl octanoate, decanoic acid, ethyl hexanoate, 3-methyl-1-butanol, and ethyl acetate [3]. Some compounds, such as methyl octanoate, ethyl heptanoate, 2-butyl acetate, linalool oxide, pentanoic acid, 2,6-dimethyl-4-heptanone, hexanoic acid, ethyl 2-methylbutyrate, and 2-methyl-1-propanol only appeared in the samples that had been macerated with pineapple, which seems to indicate that these compounds were exclusively contributed by the added pineapple. Previous studies [26] have mentioned that esters, lactones, furanoids and sulfur compounds act as very significant components in pineapple aroma. Esters such as ethyl 2-methylbutanoate, methyl hexanoate and ethyl hexanoate provide fruity notes from fresh pineapple as well as from other fruits [27]. Using odor threshold values and concentration data, other authors have concluded that some of the most important contributors to the aroma of fresh pineapple are: methyl 2-methylbutanoate, ethyl 2-methylbutanoate, ethyl acetate, ethyl hexanoate, ethyl butanoate, ethyl 2-methylpropanoate, methyl hexanoate, and methyl butanoate [28], compounds that have been detected in our study.
The data obtained from the study of the volatile profile of the samples were subjected to ANOVA in order to identify any relevant differences between the different extraction techniques (Table 5). The results from the ANOVA confirmed that most of the compounds had been influenced by the treatment, with the exception of 2,6-dimethyl-4-heptanone, 3-hexen-1-ol acetate, 2,3-butanediol diacetate, iso-butyric acid, methylbenzeneacetic acid and hexanoic acid. Similar results were obtained by other authors, who reported significant differences in the majority of the volatile compounds of vinegars macerated with fruits, taking into account the maceration procedure [15]. As expected, the characteristic pineapple aroma compounds increased with maceration. The samples subjected to microwave maceration presented the largest amounts of compounds such as ethyl 2-methylbutyrate, ethyl hexanoate or ethyl heptanoate, among others. These compounds were also found in almost the same quantities in the traditionally macerated vinegar and, to a lesser extent, in the ultrasound macerated samples. In the traditionally macerated vinegar, methyl hexanoate or methyl octanoate, among others, were the most prominent compounds. On the other hand, 2-methyl-1-propanol and pentanoic acid were the most abundant compounds found in the ultrasonic extraction samples, followed by the traditional and microwave ones. Taking into account the influence of the maceration technique on the volatile profile, in general terms, it seems that microwaves and traditional macerations provoked a significant increase of a higher number of compounds, compared to ultrasound extraction (Table 4), which is in agreement with previous research [15]. This fact could be also related to the sensory results, which ranked the traditional and microwave macerated vinegars in the first positions, regarding pineapple aroma and overall quality.
In some cases, the content level of some particular volatile compounds was lower in the samples that had been macerated with pineapple. This is the case for compounds such as ethyl acetate, isoamyl acetate, benzaldehyde, isobutyric acid, 3-methylbutanoic acid, octanoic acid, and others. This phenomenon was more noticeable in the ultrasonic extraction samples, followed by the microwave ones. In this regard, some authors have reported a possible degradation of volatile compounds in white wine samples when subjected to ultrasound treatment [29].
Finally, a multivariate principal component analysis was performed. This analysis included all the traditional maceration samples used for the optimization (T), all the microwave samples with extraction times equal to or longer than 10 min (M), the samples obtained by ultrasound extraction (U) and the unmacerated (initial) vinegar (Figure 3).
Five of the principal components obtained had an eigenvalue >1 and explained 99.94% of the variation between samples. Component 1 (PC1) explained 43.77% while component 2 (PC2) explained 16.80% of the variability. PC1 was able to separate the samples that were subjected to maceration with pineapple from the initial sample, that had not been macerated. As can be seen in Table 6, the 5 compounds that were most relevant to this component were: methyl salicylate, ethyl phenyl acetate, 2-phenethyl acetate, benzenemethanol, and 4-ethylphenol, of which 2-phenethyl acetate is closely related to pineapple aroma [30]. Therefore, as expected, it was confirmed that maceration with pineapple greatly modifies the volatile profile of the resulting vinegar, with some pineapple-derived compounds as clear markers of the macerated samples.

4. Conclusions

The present work intends to present the production methodology for a novel product elaborated from Sherry vinegar and pineapple. Different pineapple presentations have been macerated with Sherry vinegar and several techniques (traditional, ultrasound, microwave) have been applied to the extraction of volatile compounds in order to provide the final product with new organoleptic properties. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that through maceration with pineapple, the total polyphenol index increased significantly with respect to that of vinegar that had not been macerated with pineapple. The vinegar that had been macerated with pineapple by traditional methods was ranked first in terms of pineapple aroma; however, the samples from microwave extractions trials qualified in a better position in terms of overall quality. The use of microwaves could, therefore, be a feasible alternative to the traditional maceration of vinegar with pineapple. In fact, by applying microwaves, 72 h required by traditional maceration methods was shortened to just between 10 and 20 min while very similar results were achieved.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, E.D.-G.; methodology, E.D.-G. and R.C.; software, R.C. and E.D.-G.; validation, E.D.-G.; formal analysis, S.P.; investigation, S.P.; resources, R.C.; data curation, S.P.; writing—original draft preparation, E.D.-G.; writing—review and editing, E.D.-G. and R.C.; visualization, R.C.; supervision, E.D.-G.; project administration, E.D.-G.; funding acquisition, R.C. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This research received no external funding.


The authors would like to thank Productos Majuelo S.L. for their supply of the vinegar specimens used in this study.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Figure 1. Pareto chart of the optimization of the microwave extractions (TPI).
Figure 1. Pareto chart of the optimization of the microwave extractions (TPI).
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Figure 2. FCI (ppm gallic acid) obtained by the different extraction methods used. U: ultrasound; T: traditional; M: microwave 10–20 min extraction. Initial: Unmacerated vinegar sample. Different letters indicate significant differences according to Tukey’s test (p < 0.05).
Figure 2. FCI (ppm gallic acid) obtained by the different extraction methods used. U: ultrasound; T: traditional; M: microwave 10–20 min extraction. Initial: Unmacerated vinegar sample. Different letters indicate significant differences according to Tukey’s test (p < 0.05).
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Figure 3. Principal component analysis of the samples subjected to the different maceration procedures. U: ultrasound; T: traditional; M: microwave. Initial: unmacerated vinegar.
Figure 3. Principal component analysis of the samples subjected to the different maceration procedures. U: ultrasound; T: traditional; M: microwave. Initial: unmacerated vinegar.
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Table 1. Experiments carried out (in duplicate) using traditional maceration.
Table 1. Experiments carried out (in duplicate) using traditional maceration.
No.Pineapple PresentationConcentration Ratio (g/L)Stirring
2Fresh200300 rpm
4Fresh400300 rpm
Table 2. Obtained parameters from the response surface model for Total Polyphenol Index (TPI) and Folin–Ciocalteu Index (FCI).
Table 2. Obtained parameters from the response surface model for Total Polyphenol Index (TPI) and Folin–Ciocalteu Index (FCI).
Source F-Ratiop-ValueSource F-Ratiop-Value
A: temperature 8.580.0117A: temperature 22.530.0413
B: time 4.350.0572B: time 20.470.0555
AA 3.390.0886AA 0.110.7691
AB 0.270.6111AB 0.020.9120
BB 0.430.5231BB 0.320.6263
Blocks 0.560.4688Blocks 0.070.8163
Lack of fit 2.580.1176Lack of fit 1.640.4396
R256.9172% R262.8244%
Adjusted R237.0329% Adjusted R245.6664%
PRESS10.6002 PRESS23261.6
Predicted R20.0% Predicted R210.2544%
Standard error of est.0.590299 Standard error of est.27.2252
Mean absolute error0.419217 Mean absolute error18.3628
Durbin-Watson statistic1.86518 (p = 0.3105) Durbin-Watson statistic2.11939 (p = 0.5191)
Residual autocorrelation−0.0148876 Residual autocorrelation−0.154277
Coefficients for TPIEstimate Coefficients for FCIEstimate
Constant12.419 Constant233.15
A: temperature0.101465 A: temperature0.44043
B: time0.0452361 B: time12.3087
AA0.00159721 AA0.0108245
AB−0.00207143 AB−0.0184524
BB0.010459 BB−0.337534
Table 3. Mean values (mean standard deviation, n = 2) for TPI (Total Polyphenolic Index) and FCI (Folin–Ciocalteu Index, ppm gallic acid) measurements from the additional microwave extraction experiments (400 g/L pineapple, 350 W, 60 °C).
Table 3. Mean values (mean standard deviation, n = 2) for TPI (Total Polyphenolic Index) and FCI (Folin–Ciocalteu Index, ppm gallic acid) measurements from the additional microwave extraction experiments (400 g/L pineapple, 350 W, 60 °C).
No.Extraction Time (s)TPI (Mean ± SD)FCI (Mean ± SD)
11011.57 ± 0.09 a367.77 ± 21.70 a
212.513.03 ± 0.04 b403.20 ± 12.12 ab
31513.45 ± 0.07 c397.89 ± 8.35 a
42014.22 ± 0.09 d439.58 ± 13.04 b
Different letters in each column indicate significant differences according to Tukey’s test (p < 0.05).
Table 4. Results obtained from the ordering of the samples based on pineapple aroma and overall quality (aromatic intensity, absence/presence of defects). U: ultrasound; T: traditional; M: microwave 10–20 min extraction. Initial: unmacerated vinegar sample.
Table 4. Results obtained from the ordering of the samples based on pineapple aroma and overall quality (aromatic intensity, absence/presence of defects). U: ultrasound; T: traditional; M: microwave 10–20 min extraction. Initial: unmacerated vinegar sample.
Pineapple aromaInitial < U < M (20 min) < M (10 min) < T
Overall qualityU < Initial < M (20 min) < T < M (10 min)
Table 5. Mean values of the relative areas (n = 4) of the volatile compounds studied and ANOVA results.
Table 5. Mean values of the relative areas (n = 4) of the volatile compounds studied and ANOVA results.
Volatile CompoundInitialMicrowavesUltrasoundTraditionalFp-Value
Ethyl acetate9.166 b5.445 ab3.958 a6.373 ab6.680.0488 *
Isobutyl acetate1.706 b1.166 ab0.709 a1.344 ab8.840.0307 *
Ethyl 2-methylbutyrateND a0.337 b0.022 a0.052 a52.690.0011 *
Ethyl isovalerate0.509 b0.335 ab0.185 a0.395 ab10.290.0236 *
2-Methyl-1-propanolND a0.011 ab0.034 c0.021 bc17.170.0094 *
Isoamyl acetate13.489 b10.227 ab5.554 a10.935 ab9.830.0256 *
Methyl hexanoateND a0.153 a0.389 a1.458 b38.580.0020 *
Ethyl hexanoate0.023 a1.440 b0.098 a0.394 a30.320.0032 *
Acetoin0.032 b0.013 a0.021 ab0.021 ab9.740.0260 *
3-Hexen-1-ol acetate0.0050.0030.0020.0043.440.1316
Ethyl heptanoateND a0.019 c0.001 ab0.009 b30.370.0032 *
2-Butyl acetateND a0.016 b0.014 b0.018 b92.520.0003 *
Methyl octanoateND a0.065 ab0.060 ab0.365 b9.300.0281 *
Furfural0.009 b0.003 a0.003 a0.003 a53.290.0011 *
Linalool oxideND a0.002 b0.002 b0.002 b40.600.0018 *
2,3-Butanediol diacetate0.0260.0220.0180.0226.240.0545
Benzaldehyde0.069 b0.043 a0.048 a0.053 a22.160.0059 *
Isobutyric acid0.0960.0350.0460.0535.000.0768
Pentanoic acidND a0.004 ab0.006 b0.005 ab8.440.0332 *
3-Methylbutanoic acid2.024 b0.854 a0.836 a0.897 a6.970.0456 *
Benzyl acetate0.023 b0.015 a0.014 a0.024 b28.720.0036 *
Methylbenzeneacetic acid0.0030.0030.0030.0056.110.0563
Methyl salicilate0.018 c0.011 b0.008 a0.011 b73.330.0005 *
Ethyl phenyl acetate0.322 c0.237 ab0.179 a0.239 b31.680.0030 *
2-Phenetyl acetate9.559 c7.249 b5.373 a7.118 b47.700.0013 *
Hexanoic acid0.1430.1250.0760.1002.330.2154
Benzenemethanol1.070 b0.707 a0.659 a0.785 ab12.330.0172 *
p-Ethylguaiacol0.093 b0.063 a0.058 a0.064 a88.130.0004 *
Octanoic acid0.871 b0.595 a0.416 a0.498 a20.710.0067 *
4-Ethylphenol0.151 b0.089 a0.078 a0.090 a43.970.0016 *
Decanoic acid0.228 a0.456 b0.109 a0.104 a36.310.0023 *
* Different letters within each row indicate significant differences according to Tukey’s test (p < 0.05). ND: Not detected.
Table 6. Contribution of volatile compounds studied to the first two PC (values > 0.02).
Table 6. Contribution of volatile compounds studied to the first two PC (values > 0.02).
Volatile CompoundPC1Volatile CompoundPC2
Methyl salicilate0.063Ethyl heptanoate0.164
Ethyl phenyl acetate0.062Ethyl hexanoate0.159
Benzenemethanol0.060Ethyl 2-methylbutyrate0.148
2-Phenetyl acetate0.058Decanoic acid0.080
p-Ethylguaiacol0.051Linalool oxide0.028
3-Methylbutanoic acid0.051Acetoin0.026
2,3-Butanediol diacetate0.049Isobutyric acid0.025
Octanoic acid0.049Isoamyl acetate0.021
Ethyl isovalerate0.048
Isobutyl acetate0.045
3-Hexen-1-ol acetate0.044
Isoamyl acetate0.043
Ethyl acetate0.043
Isobutyric acid0.037
Hexanoic acid0.037
Benzyl acetate0.021
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