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Analysis Of Surface Crystals On Soft Washed Rind Cheeses Using Polarized Light Microscopy And Their Effect On The Sensory Perception Of Grittiness, Patrick Polowsky
Graduate College Dissertations and Theses
With the rising popularity of artisanal cheese in the United States, the soft washed rind category has emerged as a fast-growing segment of the marketplace. There is much anecdotal evidence to suggest a common sensorial defect in soft washed rind cheese is a gritty/sandy texture attributed to crystal growth on the rind of these cheeses
A preliminary study was undertaken to develop a set of criteria to visually identify crystals found on soft washed rind cheeses. Single crystal identities were presumptively determined using polarized light microscopy (PLM), and cross-checked using powder x-ray diffractometry (PXRD). Two distinct crystal groupings were ...