Podcast: Shelf life and enzymes

    Freshness is one of the biggest challenges in baked goods. The trick is keeping products tasting good over a long shelf life, especially if you have a clean label. But why do baked goods go stale in the first place? And what role can enzymes play in this process to save the day? To answer these questions, Dr. Lin is joined by Tisa Drew, a staff scientist at Novozymes— a world leader in enzyme production.

    Extending shelf life with enzymes

    Tisa breaks down the science of how enzymes function in baked goods, and the role they play in protecting freshness and shelf life. She also tackles some of the misconceptions about enzymes, touching on subjects like GMOs and what to declare on labels. Plus, get some specific enzyme application suggestions. Other topics are:

    • How enzymes are produced
    • What happens to them during the baking process
    • New trends for enzymes
    • Enzymes and cakes

    For another take on this subject, Stephen Pike explains how you can measure the effect of enzymes in bread. Stephen, a technical expert at Calibre, has 30 years of experience in the cereal industry. He shares about C-cell, technology that does digital image analysis for food testing. It can analyze the internal structure and shape of baked goods for quantifiable, objective data.

    A few questions addressed are:

    • How do you see the effect of enzymes with the imaging?
    • How can it help if you’re replacing ingredients like DATEM for a clean label?
    • What are some top trends and questions coming in from bakers?

    Related insights:

    Top trends in freshness

    Preserving the freshness that consumers love: what are the top trends in freshness when it comes to bread?

    How enhancing freshness can help fight food waste

    The amount of food wasted in the developed world can be staggering. In industrialized countries, consumers annually throw away 286 million tons of cereal products, a category that includes bread.

    Freshness to fight food waste

    Upon hearing that an estimated one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted, many people instinctively point to industrialized nations, and not emerging markets, as the culprits.