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A method for determining the moisture distribution in butter and a review of its applications

Authors: L. L. Muller


A method for assessing moisture distribution in butter is described. Four smears 30 microns thick are examined microscopically and droplets over 30 microns diameter are counted in 20 fields in each smear. The accuracy of the method is shown to be sufficient for its purpose. Possible applications of the method are illustrated by a limited number of observations: (1) Grading comments on texture defects are compared with droplet counts. (2) Bacterial multiplication was found to be greatest with least worked butters. Reasons for lack of closer proportion are suggested. (3) Keeping quality both at 45-50°F and in cold storage improved with finer moisture distribution. Factors responsible are discussed.

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