Diez, A.M., Santos, E.M., Jaime, I., Rovira, J. Effectiveness of combined preservation methods to extend the shelf-life of morcilla de Burgos, Meat Science, 2009, Vol. 1, pp 171-177, ISNN 0309-1740
Morcilla de Burgos is the most famous blood sausage in Spain. However, while producers are interested in extending its shelf life, the consumer is increasingly demanding more natural food. This situation has led to the current search for new and mild preservation technologies. Two batches of four different products: control without any treatment, control with organic acid salts (CnOAS; a 3% mixture of potassium/sodium l-lactate), control with high hydrostatic pressure processing (CnHPP; 600 MPa10 min), and a combination of both treatments (OAS + HPP), were carried out to evaluate any synergistic effect that occurs when combining OAS and HPP, and the influence of different preservative treatments on the spoilage bacterial population and their evolution. HPP (with or without addition of OAS) can be considered the most suitable method for preserving morcilla de Burgos as it does not produce negative changes in sensory attributes. No clear selective effect of different treatments on the composition of the spoilage bacteria was seen and similar spoilage patterns were observed independently of the preservation treatment used.