Use descriptive analysis to target markets for cheese.There might be as many descriptors for cheddar cheese sensory qualities as there are individuals eating the product. Consumer preferences and regional differences in cheddar manufacture play critical roles in its sensory profile. Previous attempts to classify the sensory qualities of cheese have involved examining the entire category of hard cheese, using limited sample quantities and sensory evaluators from outside the dairy industry.
Scientists at Mississippi State University Mississippi State University, at Mississippi State, near Starkville; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1878 as an agricultural and mechanical college, opened 1880. From 1932 to 1958 it was known as Mississippi State College. (Department of Food Science and Technology, Box 9805, Mississippi State, MS 39762) concentrated their efforts on one type of cheese-cheddar-and utilized dairy industry sensory experts. They assembled more than 250 different samples of cheddar cheese from national and international sources in order to develop a standardized standardized
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The result is a uniform language that describes a type of flavor or how much of a flavor is in a product. It does not grade a flavor or indicate whether a product tastes good or bad. Processors can use descriptive terms, such as sulfurous sul·fur·ous
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The lexicon serves to augment grading and judging. It is a common language to help researchers and industry more easily discuss and compare research and qualitative results. It's intended is to help develop a standardized profile for a specific cheddar cheese product. The university researchers intend to apply the language to other hard cheese varieties.
After collecting samples for three months, Mississippi State scientists and some of the experts tested every sample. Other experts helped generate a basic language of 23 words to describe cheddar flavor, which the researchers used to fine-tune into standard references of 14 to 16 words.
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