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Swelite® Multifunctional Pea Fiber Increases Yield And Texture In Formed Poultry Nuggets Products
Swelite®, a new multifunctional, non-genetically modified (GMO) pea fiber, can reduce cooking losses while improving stability in the processing of poultry nuggets
By: A&B Ingredients
A&B notes that Swelite’s properties are particularly well suited to aid in the improvement of both texture and yield in poultry nuggets, while providing excellent water-binding properties. It can bind 10 parts of water by capillary uptake in cold conditions. Additionally, gelatinization of the starch granules provides a supplementary buffer to the water binding capacity.
According to A&B Ingredients, Managing Director Gil Bakal “What makes Swelite so special is that it forms a matrix within the poultry paste. It acts as a shape retention agent controlling cooking losses and keeping the product in its original form. In addition, Swelite acts as a meat extender, thus increasing product economy with the same texture and yield.”
Bakal points out that because Swelite exhibits exceptional water and fat-binding capacity the recipe can be optimized using a paste of 1 part Swelite with 4-6 parts water at a 5-10% incorporation. ‘The paste can then be used on top of a recipe or it can replace pre-emulsions, meat or fat,” he says.
In cold emulsions Swelite stabilizes 5 parts of water and 5 parts of fat. In hot emulsions results are even greater, stabilizing 1/6/6 with meat fat emulsions.
Among the benefits of Swelite are:
• Increase in product stability and reduces cooking losses
• Reduced variations due to poultry quality by acting as a buffer for poultry variations
• Improves juiciness and stability while reducing cooking losses
Bakal further notes that the formulation of poultry nuggets using Swelite is easily accomplished. He states, “Simply add Swelite to the poultry meats, shape and coat as usual. Swelite does not impact the processing of the nugggets.”
Swelite pea fiber is derived from the yellow pea via a gentle extraction process without the use of organic solvents. A label-friendly ingredient, it is allergen and cholesterol free and free from gluten and lactose.
Founded in 1990, A&B Ingredients is a leading developer, marketer and distributor of high quality natural food ingredients. Among the products offered are pea proteins, antioxidants, antimicrobials and natural and artificial flavors. Based on a tradition of research and development, A&B’s focus is to discover unique flavors and ingredients that enable its customers to create value-added products. The company is committed to working, as a partner, to develop prototypes of new beverages and improved food products. A&B maintains full applications labs, pilot plant facilities with consumer testing capabilities, and provides technical sales and marketing, importing, distribution and applications development/
For more information, contact A&B Ingredients at 973-227-1390 or visit A&B’s website at www.abingredients.com. You can also follow A&B Ingredients on Twitter at
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