International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 3, Issue 11 (2016)

Optimization of moisture absorber with packaging material to increase the shelf-life and quality of white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) at ambient condition


Neha Singh, Vigya Mishra, Devina Vaidya

Shelf-life of freshly harvested mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) is limited to 1-3 days at ambient temperature because they transpire at the same rate as the fruiting sporophore. Condensed water on the underside of plastic pouches causes a thin layer of moisture to persist on caps and thus supports growth of fungus which leads to the requirement of moisture absorbers to increase the shelf-life of mushrooms. The present study was conducted to determine the combined effect of packaging material and absorber on quality and shelf-life of fresh packaged mushrooms. Freshly harvested mushrooms were washed with 0.5 % CaCl2 + 0.5 % KMS + 0.5 % NaCl solution, packed in polypropylene with different concentrations of absorbers (desiccant mixture of bentonite 0.55 g + sorbitol 0.25 g + CaCl2 0.20 g g-1), and were subjected to the storage period of 3 days at ambient condition. During storage, different physical and biochemical parameters were analyzed. Mushrooms packed in polypropylene pouches with 12 g absorber showed best results with respect to weight loss and visual observation. Quality of mushrooms was found to be maintained with moisture absorber. A notable decrease in surface moisture of mushrooms was observed when packed with absorber containing 16 g of desiccant mixture.
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Neha Singh, Vigya Mishra, Devina Vaidya. Optimization of moisture absorber with packaging material to increase the shelf-life and quality of white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) at ambient condition. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 11, 2016, Pages 42-46
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