: The buffalo dairy sector is extending its boundaries to include new buffalo cheese productions beyond mozzarella, overcoming some barriers that make cheeses expensive and unsustainable. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of both the inclusion of green feed in the diet of Italian Mediterranean buffaloes and an innovative ripening system on buffalo cheese quality, providing solutions capable of guaranteeing the production of nutritionally competitive and sustainable products. For this purpose, chemical, rheological, and microbiological analyses were carried out on cheeses. Buffaloes were fed with or without the inclusion of green forage. Their milk was used to produce dry ricotta and semi-hard cheeses, ripened according to both respective traditional (MT) and innovative methods (MI); these are based on automatic adjustments of climatic recipe guided by the continuous control of pH. Green feed enhances the nutritional profile of the final products (high content of MUFAs and PUFAs). As far as the ripening method is concerned, to our knowledge, this is the first study that tests aging chambers, commonly used for meat, for the maturing of buffalo cheeses. Results pointed out the MI validity also in this field of application, as it shortens the ripening period without negatively compromising any of desirable physicochemical properties and the safety and hygiene of the final products. Conclusively, this research highlights the benefits of diets rich in green forage on productions and provides support for the ripening optimization of buffalo semi-hard cheeses.

Role of Feeding and Novel Ripening System to Enhance the Quality and Production Sustainability of Curd Buffalo Cheeses / Di Paolo, Marika; Vuoso, Valeria; Ambrosio, Rosa Luisa; Balestrieri, Anna; Bifulco, Giovanna; Anastasio, Aniello; Marrone, Raffaele. - In: FOODS. - ISSN 2304-8158. - 12:4(2023). [10.3390/foods12040704]

Role of Feeding and Novel Ripening System to Enhance the Quality and Production Sustainability of Curd Buffalo Cheeses

Di Paolo, Marika;Vuoso, Valeria;Ambrosio, Rosa Luisa;Balestrieri, Anna;Bifulco, Giovanna;Anastasio, Aniello;Marrone, Raffaele
2023

Abstract

: The buffalo dairy sector is extending its boundaries to include new buffalo cheese productions beyond mozzarella, overcoming some barriers that make cheeses expensive and unsustainable. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of both the inclusion of green feed in the diet of Italian Mediterranean buffaloes and an innovative ripening system on buffalo cheese quality, providing solutions capable of guaranteeing the production of nutritionally competitive and sustainable products. For this purpose, chemical, rheological, and microbiological analyses were carried out on cheeses. Buffaloes were fed with or without the inclusion of green forage. Their milk was used to produce dry ricotta and semi-hard cheeses, ripened according to both respective traditional (MT) and innovative methods (MI); these are based on automatic adjustments of climatic recipe guided by the continuous control of pH. Green feed enhances the nutritional profile of the final products (high content of MUFAs and PUFAs). As far as the ripening method is concerned, to our knowledge, this is the first study that tests aging chambers, commonly used for meat, for the maturing of buffalo cheeses. Results pointed out the MI validity also in this field of application, as it shortens the ripening period without negatively compromising any of desirable physicochemical properties and the safety and hygiene of the final products. Conclusively, this research highlights the benefits of diets rich in green forage on productions and provides support for the ripening optimization of buffalo semi-hard cheeses.
2023
Role of Feeding and Novel Ripening System to Enhance the Quality and Production Sustainability of Curd Buffalo Cheeses / Di Paolo, Marika; Vuoso, Valeria; Ambrosio, Rosa Luisa; Balestrieri, Anna; Bifulco, Giovanna; Anastasio, Aniello; Marrone, Raffaele. - In: FOODS. - ISSN 2304-8158. - 12:4(2023). [10.3390/foods12040704]
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