Sample Protocol for Calculating Percentage of Damaged Blueberries

Project Type: Research Only
Funds awarded in 2018: $199,524.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2020
Grant Recipient: University of Massachusetts
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Amanda Kinchla
University of Massachusetts Amherst
While freezing enables a longer shelf life for foods, such as blueberries, the freezing process can impart some changes to the overall quality. For example, an increase in cracks and/or splits of blueberries may be an indicator that the processing conditions may need to be adjusted. Implementing a visual inspection protocol is an easy quality testing method that can monitor the overall quality of freezing berries. The method outlined in this product describes how to implement a quality visual inspection for IQF blueberries.
Fact Sheet
Amanda Kinchla, UMass Amherst
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
This product is associated with the project "Extending the Season: New Frozen Products for a New Market"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.