Physicochemical and Sensory Properties of Appenzeller Cheese Supplemented with Powdered Microcapsule of Tomato Extract during Ripening

Hae-Soo Kwak1, Chogsom Chimed1, Sang-Hun Yoo2, Yoon Hyuk Chang*
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Department of Food and Nutrition, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Korea
1Department of Food Science and Technology, Sejong University, Seoul 05006, Korea
2Department of Oriental Cuisine & Culinary Arts, Youngsan University, Busan 48015, Korea
*Corresponding author: Yoon Hyuk Chang, Department of Food and Nutrition, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Korea. Tel: +82-2-961-0552, Fax: +82-2-961-0261, E-mail:

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Received: Jan 21, 2016 ; Revised: Feb 27, 2016 ; Accepted: Feb 28, 2016

Published Online: Apr 30, 2016


The objective of this study was to determine the physicochemical and sensory properties of Appenzeller cheese supplemented with different concentrations (0, 1, 2, 3, and 4%, w/w) of powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts (PMT) during ripening at 14℃ for 6 mon. The particle sizes of PMT ranged from 1 to 10 m diameter with an average particle size of approximately 2 m. Butyric acid (C4) concentrations of PMT-added Appenzeller cheese were significantly higher than that of the control. Lactic acid bacteria counts in the cheese were not significantly influenced by ripening time from 0 to 6 mon or the concentrations (0-4%, w/w) of PMT. In terms of texture, the hardness of PMT-added Appenzeller cheese was significantly increased compared to the control. The gumminess and chewiness of PMT-added Appenzeller cheese were similar to those of the control. However, both cohesiveness and springiness of PMT-added Appenzeller cheese were slightly decreased. In sensory analysis, bitterness and sourness of Appenzeller cheese were not significantly changed after supplementation of PMT, but sweetness of the cheese was significantly increased after increasing the ripening time from 0 to 6 mon and increasing the concentration from 1 to 4% (w/w). Based on these results, the addition of the concentrations (1-4%, w/w) of PMT to Appenzeller cheese can be used to develop functional Appenzeller cheese.

Keywords: Appenzeller cheese; tomato extracts; powdered microcapsule


Tomatoes are known to contain various bioactive compounds with a number of beneficial health functions, such as antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, cardiovascular, and immunomodulatory functions (Freidman, 2013). The health benefits of tomatoes are mainly due to their bioactive carotenoid pigments, including lycopene, β-carotene, and -tomatine (Chanforan et al., 2012). The major functional component presented in tomato is lycopene. It has been reported that tomato contains about 80% of dietary lycopene found in nature (Nguyen and Schwartz, 1999). Besides, as an anticarcinogenic agent, lycopene has many other health benefits (Zhang et al., 2014). Therefore, considerable research works have been undertaken to utilize lycopene in food products (Sesso et al., 2003). Thus, incorporating lycopene into cheeses could be a novel strategy to better utilize the benefits of lycopene for human health. However, lycopene is too sensitive to heat, moisture, pH, and other environmental conditions. Accordingly, an effective technique, such as microencapsulation of lycopene, is needed to ensure its proper delivery and activity.

Microencapsulation is a process of packaging active functional ingredients within a structure to protect the ingredients against adverse environmental conditions and deliver it to appropriate site of the human body after ingestion (Onwulata, 2013). Microencapsulation can reduce off-flavors produced by certain vitamins and minerals, permit time release of nutrients, enhance stability to extreme temperature and moisture, and reduce the reactivity of nutrient with other ingredients (Dziezak, 1988; Pszczola, 1998). Effective utilization of microencapsulated functional ingredients into vehicle largely depends on the choice of coating material (Devos et al., 2010; Parada and Aguilera, 2007). Omega-3 oils have been microencapsulated to minimize oxidative deterioration and allow their use in a stable and easy-to handle form by complex coacervation and spray-dried emulsion (Kaushik et al., 2014). Bifidobacterium longum has also been microencapsulated to ensure its survival in Cheddar cheese during long time storage (Amine et al., 2014). Lipase has been encapsulated with K-carrageenan to accelerate the ripening of Kashar cheese (Akin et al., 2012). As a functional ingredient, peanut sprout has been microencapsulated with medium-chain triglyceride and whey protein concentrate as primary and secondary coating materials, respectively. After spray-dry, these microcapsules have been added into yogurt (Lee et al., 2013).

Appenzeller is a semi-hard cheese produced in the northeastern region of Switzerland. The specialty of this cheese is that the use of herbal brine made of alpine herbs macerated in alcohol can give it a spicy taste (Kessier et al., 1990). Apart from the special flavor content of Appenzeller cheese, adding functional ingredients can be of special interest to improve its health benefits to consemers. However, there is little information about lycopene-enriched tomato concentrates as functional Appenzeller cheese. Therefore, the main objectives of this study were: (1) to develop Appenzeller cheese supplemented with powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts (PMT), and (2) to determine the physicochemical and sensory properties of such products.

Materials and Methods


Tomato extracts containing 6% lycopene (Lyco-O-Mato) was supplied by Lycored Ltd (Israel). Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) was purchased from Wellga Co., Ltd. (Korea). As coating material, maltodextrin (DE 18, Samyang Genex, Korea) was used. As an emulsifier, Tween 60 (HLB 14.9) was purchased from Il-Sin Co., Ltd. (Korea). Kazu 300 as a mesophilic aromatic culture of freeze-dried lactic culture was used for direct vat set starter culture (Flora Danica, Chr. Hansen’s Lab., Denmark). Naturen Calf Rennet (Double strength 290622104) was purchased from Chr. Hansen’s Lab. (Denmark) to make Appenzeller cheese. All chemicals were of reagent grade unless otherwise specified.

Preparation for powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts (PMT)

To produce a core material, the ratio of 1:9 (w/w) of tomato extract to MCT was combined in distilled water, stirred at 500 rpm for 3 h, and filtered through a filter paper (Whatman No. 4). To prepare coating material, 30% (w/v) maltodextrin was dissolved in distilled water. The coating material and emulsifier 0.92% Tween 60 were mixed for 30 min with a magnetic stirrer at 400 rpm. The core material was gradually added to the coating material-mixed solution to make a 1:8 (v/v) ratio of core to coating materials with a high speed homogenizer (SSC 1811EA, Matsushida Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd., Japan) at 10,000 rpm for 3 min.

To produce PMT, the emulsion was spray-dried using a pneumatic spray (biphasic) nozzle atomizer (Eyela SD-1000, drying capacity 1,500 mL/h; Tokyo Rikakikai Co., Ltd., Japan) with controlled inlet- and outlet-temperatures, feed rate, and inlet air volume. In this dryer, the emulsion was fed by a peristaltic pump and sprayed into the drying chamber at a 100 kPa atomization pressure. Inlet- and outlet-air temperatures of the spray dryer were fixed at 190 and 90℃, respectively. Cyclone was used to separate the PMT prepared with the emulsion from the air-powder mix. PMT was prepared in duplicates.

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

PMT was mounted onto a brass stub (10 mm in diameter) using two-sided adhesive tape. The stub surface was gently with a hand-held blower to remove unattached powders. Electrically conductive specimens were then made by coating under an argon atmosphere with a thin layer (approximately 30 nm in thickness) of platinum-palladium (8:2). These specimens were examined with a SEM (Hitachi S-4700, Japan) operated at an accelerating voltage of 15 kV.

Particle size distribution

Particles size distribution of PMT was determined by a particle size analyzer (Mastersizer 2000, Malvern Instruments Ltd., UK) which employed laser diffraction for size measurement. Briefly, the sample was combined with 10 mL of deionized water at a ratio of 1:400 (w/v) and mixed with a magnetic stirrer at 25℃. The suspension was poured into a cuvette and its particle size was measured at room temperature with fixed scattering angle of 165°. All samples were measured in triplicates. The mean particle size and distribution span were calculated based on a volume median diameter.

Manufacture of Appenzeller cheese

Appenzeller cheese was prepared using the method described by Kessier et al. (1990) and Heo et al. (2006). Briefly, raw milk (150 kg) was diluted with 10% tap water and pasteurized at 63℃ for 30 min. It was then cooled to 32℃ and mixed with starter culture containing Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, Lactococcus lactis subsp. diacetylactis and Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris (0.75% Kazu, 0.75% Flora Danica) with the addition of 0.02% CaCl2 to milk. After 40 min, 0.02% (19 mL) of rennet was added to the milk and stood for 25 min. After coagulating, curds were cut to 5 mm, and stirred at 32℃ for 20 min. Whey (10% of the volume of the milk) was partially removed and replaced by an equal volume of 10% hot water (72℃) and cooked at 38℃ for 30 min. The curd-whey mixture was stirred for 60 min at the cooking temperature. After draining, different concentrations (0, 1, 2, 3 and 4%, w/w) of PMT were evenly added to curds and poured into round-shaped molds for pressing. Curds were pressed at 5 times of the curd weight overnight at 26℃. After pressing, fresh cheeses were brined in 20% brine solution for 4 h. After draining-off the brine and drying the cheeses during 2 d, they were ripened at 14℃ for 6 mon with a relative humidity of 90-94%. Samples for analysis were periodically taken at 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 mon of ripening. Both the control and Appenzeller cheese supplemented with different concentrations (0, 1, 2, 3, and 4%, w/w) were made in duplicates.

Chemical Composition

Cheese samples were analyzed for moisture, fat (Gerber method), and protein (Kjeldahl method) contents using the methods of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (2000). All samples were measured in triplicates.

Short-chain free fatty acid

Well ground PMT-added Appenzeller cheese sample (1 g) was removed periodically after 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 mon of ripening, extracted with extraction buffer (5 mL of diethyl ether, 2.5 g of sodium sulfate and 0.1 mL of 4 N H2SO4) for 2 h, eluted through a 10 mm i.d. glass column containing 1 g of deactivated alumina (alumina oxide neutral), and deactivated with 0.24% distilled water as described by Kwak et al. (1990). Gas chromatograph (DS 6200, Donam Instruments Inc., Korea) equipped with a flame ionization detector was used for short chain free fatty acid analysis. The separation of short-chain free fatty acid was achieved using a 30 m × 0.25 m inner diameter NuckolTM J&W D13-Wax column (Supelco., USA). Gas chromatograph was operated with nitrogen carrier gas at 30 mL/min, hydrogen gas at 60 mL/min, and air at 360 mL/min. The column oven was programmed to have an initial holding for 1 min at 50℃, heating to 225℃ at 25℃/min for 10 min, and holding for 20 min. Temperatures for the injector and the detector were 240 and 260℃, respectively. All quantitative analyses were performed by relating each peak area of tridecanoic acid as an interval standard. Each short-chain free fatty acid was identified by comparing its retention time to that of a standard. All experiments were performed in triplicates.

Lactic acid bacteria count

Agar powder was combined with MRS broth (Difco Laboratores, USA) and 0.004% bromophenol blue to determine lactic acid bacteria counts. One gram of cheese sample was dispersed in 9 mL of 2% sodium citrate and homogenized at 1,500 rpm for 1 min. One milliliter of prepared sample was diluted with 9 mL of sterile 0.8% NaCl. Subsequent dilutions of each sample were plated in triplicates and incubated at 37℃ for 48 h.

Texture profile analysis

Texture profiles of cheese samples were measured using a TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer (Food Technology Co., Sterling, USA) with a crosshead speed of 5 cm/min and a chart record speed of 10 cm/min. Cube-shaped samples (1.5 cm3) were prepared. From these curves, the basic characteristics of texture profiles, such as hardness, cohesiveness, gumminess, springiness and chewiness, were obtained according to the method of Kanawjia et al. (1995). The point of the greatest force during the first compression was the hardness. The extent to which the sample returned to its shape between the first and second compressions was the elasticity. The ratio of the area under the second compression curve was the cohesiveness. Gumminess and chewiness were calculated as hardness × cohesiveness and gumminess × elasicity, respectively. All samples were measured in triplicate.

Color measurement

Color analysis was conducted based on the method described in Perkins-Veazie et al. (2001). Color values were compared between the control and PMT-added Appenzeller cheese using Minolta (Colourimeter CT-310, Japan) after calibrating its original value with a standard plate. Measured L*, a* and b* values were used as indicators of lightness, redness and yellowness, respectively. All samples were measured ten times.

Sensory analysis

Sensory characteristics of each cheese were studied using quantitative descriptive analysis by a panel of ten selected and trained assessors. Panel was composed of experienced ten panelists from the academic staff working in the Food Technology Department, Sejong University. Panelists were trained using the Spectrum method (Sensory Spectrum, USA). Panel evaluated cheese in terms of appearance, flavor, texture, and taste properties during ripening. The panel was trained 1 h before each evaluation session. Sensory terms for flavor-aroma and texture of cheese were introduced to panelists. Samples were served with a glass of water and an unsalted cracker to the panelists after samples were left at the room temperature for 10 min. Samples were presented to panelists in 3 digit-coded glass plates at the same time in each session. Sensory evaluation of samples in each analysis period was carried out twice. The scale of appearance, flavor, taste and texture was as follows: 1 = very week, 4 = moderate, 7 = very strong.

Statistical analysis

All statistical analyses were performed using SAS version 9.0 (SAS Institute, USA). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed using general linear model procedure to determine significant differences among samples. Means were compared using Duncan’s multiple range test (p<0.05).

Results and Discussion

Morphology of microcapsule

SEM morphology of PMT is shown in Fig. 1. These images revealed that the spray-dried microcapsule formed aggregation with smooth surface and regular spherical shape. The particle sizes of PMT ranged from 1 to 10 m in diameter, with an average particle size of about 2 m (Fig. 2). Ersus and Yurdagel (2007) reported that morphology of the microcapsules coated with MD showed smooth surfaces and spherical shapes. Fang and Bhandari (2010) reported that the typical form of encapsulated particles by spray drying was an average size of 10-100 μm. Therefore, this study determined that sufficient small size of powdered microcapsulations was made from MD.

Fig. 1. Scanning electron microscope image for powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts.
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Fig. 2. Particle size analysis of powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts.
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Chemical composition

Chemical compositions (fat, protein, and moisture) of various concentrations (1, 2, 3, and 4%, w/w) of PMT-added Appenzeller cheese at 0 mon of ripening (the initial values) are summarized in Table 1. The control cheese had 33.92% fat, 25.84% protein, and 36.56% moisture. Fat, protein, and moisture contents of the control were not significantly different from those of Appenzeller cheese supplemented with PMT (p<0.05), indicating that the addition (1-4%) of PMT did not considerably influence the chemical compositions of Appenzeller cheese.

Table 1. Mean chemical composition for powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheeses
Concentration1) (% w/w) Fat Protein Moisture
Control2) 33.92±0.06 25.84±0.07 36.56±0.07
1 33.59±0.07 25.59±0.05 36.67±0.07
2 33.29±0.05 25.64±0.04 36.88±0.05
3 33.39±0.10 25.65±0.09 36.64±0.07
4 33.43±0.04 25.61±0.03 36.79±0.08

All values are mean±standard deviation (n=3).

1)Powdered microencapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheese.

2)Control, Appenzeller cheese.

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Short-chain free fatty acid

It is well known that the production of short-chain free fatty acids (C4 through C10) is important for cheese ripening (Lin and Jeon, 1987). Short-chain free fatty acids contribute directly to cheese flavor, and provide desirable piquant flavor and aroma in many cheeses (Kwak et al., 1990). In the present study, the production of short-chain free fatty acids in Appenzeller cheese supplemented with PMT during ripening at 14℃ for 6 mon is shown in Table 2. The release of C4 and C10 were mainly contributed to the increase in total level of all cheese samples. The production of all short-chain free fatty acids in the cheese increased significantly and gradually during the ripening of 6 mon (p<0.05). According to Juan et al. (2015), the amount of short-chain free fatty acids gradually in most cheese during storage due to lipolysis. In this study, it was found that there were significant differences between the control and 4% (w/w) PMT-added Appenzeller cheese in total amounts and individual amounts of short-chain free fatty acids after ripening of 6 mon (p<0.05). These results indicated that the supplementation of 4% (w/w) PMT into Appenzeller cheese could remarkably influence the production of short-chain free fatty acid during ripening.

Table 2. Production of short-chain free fatty acid in powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheeses during ripening at 14℃ for 6 mon
Ripening period (mon) Concnetration1) (% w/w) Short-chain free fatty acid concentration (ppm)
C4 C6 C8 C10
0 Control2) 4.37±0.68aK3) 2.91±0.88aGH 2.80±1.10aE 3.97±1.95aF 14.05
1 4.71±1.44aIJK 2.84±1.08aGH 2.89±1.13aE 3.98±0.30aF 14.42
2 4.64±0.89aJK 2.89±0.73bGH 2.76±0.87bE 3.90±0.43abF 14.19
3 4.68±0.86aIJK 2.90±0.53bGH 2.90±0.20bE 3.48±0.70bF 13.96
4 4.72±1.06aIJK 2.67±0.52bH 2.72±0.23bE 3.64±0.78abF 13.75
1 Control 4.92±0.90aGHIJK 3.02±0.26bcGH 2.92±0.60cE 4.07±0.31abF 14.93
1 4.98±0.43aGHIJK 2.85±0.40cGH 2.90±0.11cE 4.03±0.68bF 14.76
2 4.70±0.25aIJK 2.93±0.63bGH 2.89±0.58bE 4.02±0.60aF 14.54
3 4.82±1.09aHIJK 2.95±0.65bGH 2.92±0.19bE 4.09±0.14abF 14.78
4 4.86±0.67aHIJK 2.94±0.37bGH 2.86±0.57bE 4.08±0.59aF 14.74
2 Control 5.11±0.15aGHIJK 3.03±0.21cGH 3.24±0.17cE 4.25±0.22bF 15.63
1 5.15±0.12aGHIJK 3.09±0.72bGH 3.28±1.03bE 4.26±0.21abF 15.78
2 5.24±0.14aGHIJK 3.16±0.28cGH 3.32±0.11cE 4.22±0.08bF 15.94
3 5.35±0.47aGHIJK 3.19±0.40cGH 3.36±0.24cE 4.40±0.56bF 16.30
4 5.60±0.15aGHIJK 3.30±0.74cEFGH 3.50±0.28cE 4.74±0.38bF 17.14
3 Control 6.54±0.57bGHIJK 3.15±0.19dGH 4.70±0.54cD 09.50±0.54aE 23.89
1 6.95±0.41bGHIJ 3.26±0.20bcddFGH 4.74±0.24cD 9.62±0.70aE 24.57
2 7.23±0.44bGHI 3.51±0.52bcddDEFGH 4.98±0.51cD 10.52±0.39aDE 26.24
3 7.30±0.32bGH 3.64±0.19dCDEFG 5.10±0.50cD 11.18±1.37aDE 27.22
4 7.47±2.02bG 3.71±0.11cCDEFG 5.20±0.44cD 12.24±0.73aD 28.62
4 Control 14.34±2.85aF 4.13±0.65bBCDEF 4.99±0.91bD 15.65±2.25aC 39.11
1 14.58±1.58aEF 4.21±0.68bBCDE 4.82±0.70bD 15.71±2.23aC 39.32
2 16.03±3.40aDEF 4.30±1.13bBCD 5.17±0.61bD 16.10±1.89aC 41.60
3 16.64±1.01aCDEF 4.54±0.20bBC 5.23±0.61bD 16.42±3.60aC 42.83
4 16.92±0.68aCDE 4.55±0.58bBC 5.30±0.41bD 17.11±0.70aC 43.88
5 Control 16.63±1.85bCDFE 4.14±0.86cBCDEF 5.12±0.51cD 20.18±1.43aB 46.07
1 16.91±5.04aCDE 4.35±0.46bBCD 5.17±0.79bD 20.86±2.03aB 47.29
2 19.04±3.37aABC 4.47±0.18bBC 5.24±0.68bD 21.25±1.09aB 50.00
3 19.10±1.52aABC 4.78±0.18bB 5.36±0.54bCD 21.59±2.87aB 50.83
4 19.74±0.49bAB 4.80±0.74cB 5.41±0.73cCD 21.86±1.47aB 51.86
6 Control 18.26±0.46bBCD 5.79±0.18cA 6.34±0.51cBC 26.29±1.21aA 56.68
1 20.59±1.90bAB 5.99±0.28cA 6.80±0.73cAB 26.98±2.86aA 60.36
2 20.70±1.02bAB 6.09±0.59cA 7.27±0.32cAB 27.36±1.18aA 61.42
3 21.14±0.85bA 6.17±0.06dA 7.35±0.24cAB 27.70±0.39aA 62.36
4 21.33±1.06bA 6.42±0.68cA 7.45±0.52cA 27.96±0.97aA 63.16

All values are mean±standard deviation (n=3).

1)Powdered microencapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheese.

2)Control, Appenzeller cheese.

3)Means with different superscripts in a column (A-K) and row (a-c) are significantly different (p<0.05).

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Lactic acid bacteria count

Lactic acid bacteria counts of Appenzeller cheese supplemented with PMT ripened at 14℃ for 6 mon are shown in Table 3. Lactic acid bacteria counts of the cheese were not significantly influenced by the ripening time from 0 to 6 mon or the concentrations (0-4%, w/w) of PMT (p<0.05). Based on these results, adding PMT (0-4%, w/w) to the cheese did not considerably affect the growth of lactic acid bacteria during ripening.

Table 3. Lactic acid bacteria count in powdered microcapsules for powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheeses during ripening at 14℃ for 6 mon
Concentration1) (%, w/w) Ripening period (mon)
0 1 2 3> 4 5 6
Control2) 2.89±0.59×109aA3) 3.97±1.71×109aA 3.66±0.14×108aA 3.35±0.29×108aA 3.15±1.31×107aA 2.65±0.45×107aA 2.75±0.45×106aA
1 2.31±0.17×109aA 3.42±1.83×109aA 3.26±0.59×108aA 3.50±0.79×108aA 3.27±0.57×107aA 2.60±1.54×107aA 2.22±0.91×106aA
2 2.51±0.97×109aA 3.32±0.64×109aA 3.44±0.73×108aA 2.98±1.05×108aA 2.80±0.85×107aA 2.28±1.15×107aA 2.23±0.57×106aA
3 2.81±0.39×109aA 3.30±1.15×109aA 2.94±0.16×108aA 2.82±1.01×108aA 2.24±0.44×107aA 2.23±0.59×107aA 2.15±0.60×106aA
4 2.87±0.55×109aA 3.18±1.05×109aA 2.78±0.78×108aA 2.75±1.37×108aA 2.52±0.81×107aA 2.28±0.69×107aA 2.14±0.45×106aA

All values are mean±standard deviation (n=3).

1)Powdered microencapsules of tomato extracts- added Appenzeller cheese.

2)Control, Appenzeller cheese.

3)Means with different superscripts in a column (A) and row (a) are significantly different (p<0.05).

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Textural properties

Textural properties of different concentrations (1, 2, 3, and 4%, w/w) of PMT-added Appenzella cheese samples ripened at 14℃ during 6 mon are presented in Table 4. Hardness values of all cheese samples proportionally were elevated during the 6 mon of ripening. After 6 mon of ripening, the hardness values of Appenzella cheese supplemented with 4% PMT were significantly higher than that of the control (p<0.05), indicating that more PMT might have absorbed less moisture from cheeses and make it harder. The gumminess and chewiness values also showed the same increasing trends as hardness values. However, in the cohesiveness scores, PMT-added Appenzella cheese samples showed decreasing trends when the concentrations of PMT were increased. The springiness values of the control and PMT-added Appenzella cheese samples were not significantly changed during the ripening time or increasing level of PMT (p<0.05). Therefore, we suggested that the supplementation of PMT could affect the textural properties of Appenzella cheese.

Table 4. Texture properties for powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheeses during ripening at 14℃ for 6 mon
Ripening period (mon) Concentration1) (% w/w) Texture description
Hardness (N2) Cohesiveness (J3) Gumminess (N) Springiness (m×10−3) Chewiness (J×10−3)
0 Control2) 10.99±0.45J3) 0.69±0.01BCDEF 7.57±0.32F 0.74±0.11A 5.64±0.73H
1 11.64±1.14IJ 0.72±0.02ABCD 8.48±0.75F 0.82±0.13A 7.02±3.31H
2 12.16±1.15IJ 0.73±0.03ABCD 9.36±0.57F 0.83±0.12A 7.76±1.44H
3 12.28±1.05IJ 0.75±0.04AB 9.06±0.69F 0.85±0.13A 7.26±1.44H
4 12.46±1.76IJ 0.76±0.04A 9.27±1.23F 0.83±0.14A 7.73±1.65H
1 Control 12.19±1.56IJ 0.74±0.02ABC 8.96±1.13F 0.83±0.15A 7.42±1.73H
1 13.39±0.97IJ 0.70±0.03ABCDEF 9.38±0.79F 0.84±0.11A 7.20±1.42H
2 13.16±0.91IJ 0.72±0.01ABCD 9.54±0.69F 0.83±0.15A 7.91±1.12H
3 13.60±0.71IJ 0.73±0.02ABCD 9.93±0.64F 0.83±0.14A 8.27±1.31H
4 13.88±0.88IJ 0.75±0.03AB 10.45±0.93EF 0.82±0.14A 8.66±0.88FGH
2 Control 14.08±1.64IJ 0.69±0.02BCDEF 9.76±1.35F 0.71±0.02A 8.58±3.52FGH
1 14.27±2.32IJ 0.67±0.02DEFG 9.98±1.18F 0.78±0.10A 7.61±2.34H
2 14.40±0.38IJ 0.68±0.01CDEFG 10.02±0.43F 0.82±0.01A 8.11±1.36H
3 14.44±0.33IJ 0.71±0.02ABCDE 10.18±0.22F 0.76±0.10A 8.37±0.72GH
4 14.66±1.46I 0.68±0.04CDEFG 10.61±1.26EF 0.78±0.11A 8.70±0.88EFGH
3 Control 22.56±2.64H 0.68±0.03CDEFG 14.83±1.17DE 0.77±0.13A 12.42±1.63DEFG
1 24.70±1.85GH 0.68±0.02CDEFG 15.74±1.61CD 0.77±0.02A 12.53±1.03DEF
2 25.36±1.05FGH 0.64±0.02FGHI 16.82±1.93ABCD 0.81±0.13A 13.2±4.08BCD
3 26.46±1.83EFG 0.64±0.02FGHI 17.15±0.38ABCD 0.75±0.09A 13.15±0.59BCD
4 27.49±1.98EFG 0.64±0.05FGHI 17.21±0.94ABCD 0.76±0.10A 13.01±1.88CD
4 Control 24.84±3.09GH 0.67±0.02DEFG 16.56±0.82BCD 0.76±0.01A 12.82±2.11CDE
1 26.38±2.90EFG 0.64±0.04FGHI 17.15±1.17ABCD 0.77±0.08A 13.66±2.26BCD
2 26.91±2.23EFG 0.67±0.02DEFG 17.36±1.09ABCD 0.73±0.17A 13.20±1.39BCD
3 28.79±2.17DEF 0.65±0.03EFGH 18.02±0.77ABCD 0.74±0.08A 13.23±1.23BCD
4 29.07±2.96DE 0.64±0.03FGHI 18.09±1.81ABCD 0.75±0.14A 13.27±1.97BCD
5 Control 27.31±2.27EFG 0.59±0.01HIJ 17.98±4.62ABCD 0.75±0.15A 15.62±1.03ABCD
1 29.72±2.03DE 0.62±0.05GHI 18.28±1.52ABCD 0.76±0.02A 16.95±1.10ABC
2 31.52±4.32CD 0.59±0.05HIJ 18.72±1.34ABCD 0.71±0.17A 18.88±4.54A
3 33.41±3.08bBC 0.58±0.09IJ 19.11±1.89ABCD 0.73±0.18A 18.85±6.00A
4 34.98±3.82ABC 0.51±0.03KL 20.26±0.53AB 0.75±0.14A 18.81±0.63A
6 Control 33.79±3.43ABC 0.59±0.05HIJ 18.17±1.77ABCD 0.74±1.29A 17.17±2.57AB
1 35.08±4.13ABC 0.54±0.05JK 19.36±6.25ABC 0.74±0.13A 18.91±4.36A
2 36.42±2.61AB 0.46±0.02L 19.73±3.32ABC 0.70±0.21A 19.03±2.39A
3 37.14±1.75A 0.48±0.05KL 20.34±2.01AB 0.72±0.16A 19.37±3.39A
4 37.32±0.68A 0.48±0.09KL 21.08±12.24A 0.74±0.33A 19.63±5.83A

All values are mean±standard deviation (n=3).

1)Powdered microencapsules of tomato extracts- added Appenzeller cheese.

2)Control, Appenzeller cheese.

3)Means with different superscripts in a column (A-L) are significantly different (p<0.05).

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Color measurement

Table 5 presents changes in color values of Appenzella cheese supplemented with different concentrations (1, 2, 3, and 4%, w/w) of PMT ripened at 14℃ for 6 mon. The L* values were significantly decreased when ripening time was increased from 0 to 6 mon. However, the L* values were not significantly influenced by the concentrations of PMT (p<0.05). The a* values were significantly increased with an increasing ripening period, and increasing the concentrations from 0 to 4% (w/w) in cheese significantly reduced the a* values (p<0.05). The b* values of Appenzella cheese supplemented with PMT (1-4%, w/w) at the final day of ripening were significantly higher than those of the control cheese. However, they were not significantly influenced by the concentrations of PMT (p<0.05). PMT is normally light yellow. This study revealed that the b* values could be increased when PMT was supplemented to produce the cheese.

Table 5. Changes in color for powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheeses during ripening at 14℃ for 6 mon
Concentration1) (%, w/w) Colour value
L (lightness) a (redness) b (yellowness)
0 mon
Control2) 79.05±1.48AB3) 3.49±0.13A 11.11±0.58K
1 76.97±0.82CDEFGH 2.24±0.18BCDE 12.16±0.33JK
2 77.15±0.49CDEFG 2.28±0.21BCDE 12.18±0.69JK
3 77.42±0.87BCDEF 2.37±0.27B 12.21±0.81JK
4 79.37±0.75A 1.74±0.24E 12.30±1.08J
1 mon
Control 78.65±1.56ABC 3.67±0.11A 12.43±0.23IJ
1 76.95±0.48CDEFGH 2.26±0.47BCDE 12.18±0.94JK
2 76.86±0.46DEFGH 2.28±0.44BCDE 13.77±0.54DEFG
3 76.42±0.52DEFGHI 2.37±0.22B 14.48±0.32CDEF
4 75.70±0.53FGHIJ 1.77±0.15DE 14.50±0.65CDEF
2 mon
Control 78.16±1.13ABCD 3.73±0.10A 12.57±0.18HIJ
1 74.99±0.87IJKL 2.29±0.52BCD 12.97±0.76GHIJ
2 74.86±1.03IJKL 2.34±0.36BC 14.51±0.22CDEF
3 75.77±0.92EFGHIJ 2.50±0.24B 14.59±0.71CDEF
4 74.55±0.57JKL 1.80±0.34CDE 14.64±0.79CDEF
3 mon
Control 77.88±0.90ABCD 3.69±0.14A 12.62±0.27GHIJ
1 75.35±0.75HIJ 2.57±0.31B 13.48±0.68FGHI
2 75.83±0.86EFGHIJ 2.43±0.41B 14.79±1.19BCDE
3 75.29±1.19HIJK 2.48±0.34B 14.84±0.25ABCD
4 75.31±1.26HIJ 2.07±0.13BCDE 15.90±0.83AB
4 mon
Control 77.50±0.94BCDE 3.70±0.32A 12.26±0.33JK
1 73.53±1.08KL 2.55±0.35B 13.63±0.81EFGH
2 74.35±1.04JKL 2.44±0.27B 15.05±0.68ABC
3 73.43±1.07L 2.49±0.48B 15.10±0.47ABC
4 74.30±0.93JKL 2.25±0.41BCDE 15.91±0.32AB
5 mon
Control 75.75±0.98EFGHIJ 3.77±0.31A 12.82±0.33GHIJ
1 75.80±1.51EFGHIJ 2.59±0.35B 14.98±0.81ABC
2 74.35±1.04JKL 2.47±0.35B 15.10±0.55ABC
3 73.43±1.06L 2.50±0.24B 15.21±0.54ABC
4 73.50±1.29L 2.33±0.84BC 15.97±1.13A
6 mon
Control 74.26±1.66JKL 3.78±0.24A 12.88±0.45GHIJ
1 74.45±1.87JKL 2.60±0.19B 15.21±0.85ABC
2 74.24±1.46JKL 2.57±0.25B 15.31±0.58ABC
3 74.52±1.63JKL 2.53±0.25B 15.36±1.32ABC
4 74.89±0.99JKL 2.37±0.41B 16.00±1.38A

All values are mean±standard deviation (n=10).

1)Powdered microencapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheese.

2)Control, Appenzeller cheese.

3)Means with different superscripts in a column (A-L) are significantly different (p<0.05).

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Sensory analysis

The sensory attributes of the different concentrations (1, 2, 3, and 4%, w/w) of PMT-added Appenzeller cheese ripened at 14℃ for 6 mon are shown in Table 6. The yellowness values were increased significantly after the supplementation of PMT (1-4%, w/w) due to the yellow color of PMT (p<0.05). In addition, the yellowness values were increased after increasing the ripening time due to the decreases in moisture contents of the cheese samples. In flavor aspects, butyric off-flavor and musty flavor of the control were not significantly different from those of PMT-added Appenzeller cheese after 6 mon ripening period (p<0.05). Tomato flavor increased significantly and proportionally with the concentrations of PMT added and with the ripening periods due to decreases in moisture (p<0.05). The flavors of all samples and control were improved with ripening time. Metabolic processes are responsible for the basic flavor and texture changes during ripening (Kanawjia et al., 1995). For the taste of these cheese samples, bitterness and sourness were not significantly changed after the supplementation of PMT (p<0.05). Bitterness is usually produced by peptides degraded during ripening (Kanawjia et al., 1995). However, sweetness of these cheese samples was significantly increased with increasing ripening time and concentration from 1 to 4% (w/w) (p<0.05). Regarding the texture property, the hardness of cheese was increased with the elevation in ripening time and the concentrations of PMT due to decreases in moisture and chemical reaction during ripening. Giroux et al. (2013) reported that hardness of Cheddar cheese increased by adding green tea extracts. Based on the results of this study, it is applicable to develop PMT-added functional Appenzeller cheese with 1-4% (w/w) PMT.

Table 6. Sensory evaluation of powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheeses during ripening at 14℃ for 6 mon
Concentration1) (%, w/w) Appearance Flavor Taste Texture

Yellowish Butyric Musty Tomato flavour Bitterness Sourness Sweetness Hardness
0 mon2)
Control3) 1.00±0.00J 1.00±0.00Q 1.00±0.00J 1.00±0.00E 1.00±0.00M 1.00±0.00J 1.00±0.00G 4.00±0.00K
1 1.72±0.48HIJ 1.42±0.54PQ 1.28±0.48IJ 1.00±0.00E 1.14±0.37LM 1.85±0.69GHIJ 1.71±0.75FG 4.14±0.37JK
2 1.72±0.43HIJ 1.71±0.48OPQ 1.42±0.54IJ 1.16±0.41DE 1.43±0.54KLM 1.14±0.37IJ 1.43±0.54FG 4.42±0.95IJK
3 2.00±0.82HIJ 1.43±0.54PQ 1.42±0.54IJ 1.28±0.48DE 1.14±0.37LM 1.71±0.75GHIJ 1.43±0.54FG 4.43±1.13IJK
4 2.28±0.48HIJ 1.57±0.53PQ 1.72±1.14HIJ 1.33±0.52DE 1.57±0.78JKLM 1.43±0.54GHIJ 1.86±0.89FG 4.57±0.97IJK
1 mon
Control 1.14±0.37IJ 1.85±0.37NOPQ 1.00±0.00J 1.00±0.00E 2.00±0.00JKLM 1.00±0.00J 1.00±0.00G 4.14±0.37JK
1 1.86±0.37HIJ 2.28±1.11MNOPQ 1.57±0.78IJ 1.43±0.54CDE 2.14±0.69JKLM 1.86±0.69GHIJ 2.00±1.15FG 4.42±0.97IJK
2 2.00±0.57HIJ 2.72±0.95JKLMNO 1.71±0.7HIJ 1.57±0.54DE 2.14±0.69JKLM 1.16±0.38IJ 1.57±0.53FG 4.43±1.13IJK
3 2.14±0.89HIJ 3.00±1.29HIJKLMNO 1.28±0.48IJ 1.57±0.54BCDE 2.85±1.77HIJK 1.72±0.75GHIJ 2.14±0.83FG 4.57±0.78IJK
4 2.43±0.97HI 3.57±0.78FGHIJKLM 1.43±0.78IJ 1.72±0.11BCDE 2.71±1.25IJK 1.43±0.54GHIJ 2.14±1.67FG 4.63±1.26HIJK
2 mon
Control 2.00±0.00HIJ 2.86±0.37IJKLMNO 1.00±0.00J 1.00±0.00E 3.00±0.00GHIJ 2.57±0.78DEFGHI 1.28±0.75FG 4.14±0.37JK
1 2.14±0.69HIJ 2.43±0.54LMNOPQ 1.72±0.75HIJ 1.07±0.37E 2.28±1.11JKLM 2.00±0.00GHIJ 1.57±0.78FG 4.43±0.3IJK
2 2.28±1.11HIJ 2.57±0.97KLMNOPQ 1.85±0.69HIJ 1.21±0.56DE 2.57±1.71IJKL 2.14±0.69FGHIJ 2.14±0.69FG 4.43±0.37IJK
3 2.43±0.97HI 3.28±0.75GHIJKLMNO 1.86±0.69HIJ 1.35±0.94DE 2.57±1.71IJKL 1.28±1.11HIJ 2.00±0.00FG 4.60±0.51HIJK
4 2.57±0.78H 3.43±0.54GHIJKLMN 2.00±0.92GHIJ 1.64±1.70BCDE 2.85±2.11HIJK 1.57±1.13GHIJ 2.57±0.78F 4.71±0.95HIJK
3 mon
Control 4.00±0.00G 3.57±0.78FGHIJKLM 3.85±0.37ABCD 1.00±0.00E 4.00±0.00FGHI 2.86±0.37BCDEFG 4.00±0.00E 4.28±0.75JK
1 4.43±0.78EFG 3.86±1.57EFGHIJKLM 2.28±1.11EFGHIJ 1.57±0.78BCDE 4.85±0.69CDEF 2.00±0.00GHIJ 4.14±1.21DE 4.43±1.27IJK
2 4.57±0.54EFG 4.28±0.75DEFGHIJ 2.42±0.78DEFGHIJ 2.00±0.81ABCDE 4.42±0.53EFG 2.28±1.11FGHIJ 4.35±0.85CDE 4.57±0.78IJK
3 4.86±0.69DEFG 4.43±1.27DEFGHI 2.57±1.13CDEFGHI 2.14±0.89ABCDE 4.43±0.53EFG 2.57±1.13DEFGHI 4.43±0.78CDE 4.72±1.38GHIJK
4 5.00±0.57DEFG 4.72±1.38CDEFG 2.71±1.11BCDEFGHI 2.28±1.11ABCDE 4.71±1.49DEF 2.85±2.11BCDEFG 4.57±0.78BCDE 4.85±1.21GHIJK
4 mon
Control 4.14±0.37FG 4.00±0.00DEFGHIJKL 4.00±0.00ABC 1.00±0.00E 4.28±0.75EFGH 3.85±0.37ABCDE 4.00±0.00E 5.00±0.00GHIJK
1 4.86±1.22DEFG 4.14±1.06DEFGHIJK 2.72±0.75BCDEFGHI 2.28±1.11ABCDE 4.57±0.78EF 2.28±1.11FGHIJ 4.42±0.53CDE 5.14±0.89EFGHIJK
2 5.14±1.48DEFG 4.28±1.25DEFGHIJ 2.57±1.13CDEFGHI 2.28±1.49ABCDE 4.72±0.75DEF 2.42±0.78EFGHIJ 4.42±0.78CDE 5.28±0.48DEFGHIJK
3 5.28±0.75CDEFG 4.57±0.97DEFGH 2.43±1.62DEFGHIJ 2.71±1.60ABCDE 4.57±1.27EF 2.57±1.13DEFGHI 4.86±0.89ABCDE 5.42±0.53CDEFGHIJ
4 5.43±1.27BCDEF 4.85±1.22BCDEFG 2.14±1.06FGHIJ 2.85±1.77ABCD 5.28±0.95BCDEF 2.71±1.11CDEFGH 5.00±1.15ABCDE 5.57±0.78BCDEFGHI
5 mon
Control 5.14±1.48DEFG 4.57±0.78DEFGH 4.28±0.78A 1.00±0.00E 4.42±1.13EFG 4.72±1.38A 4.14±0.37DE 5.57±0.53BCDEFGHI
1 5.28±0.75CDEFG 5.14±1.46ABCDEF 3.71±1.38ABCDE 2.57±1.27ABCDE 4.28±1.38EFGH 4.43±1.27A 4.72±0.75BCDE 5.86±0.69ABCDEFGH
2 5.72±1.11ABCDE 5.28±1.49ABCDE 3.14±1.22ABCDEFGH 2.72±1.70ABCDE 5.14±0.37BCDEF 4.28±1.25AB 5.14±1.21ABCDE 6.00±0.57ABCDEFG
3 6.00±0.82ABCD 5.43±1.13ABCDE 3.43±1.51ABCDEFG 2.85±1.34ABCD 5.28±0.75BCDEF 3.86±1.57ABCDE 5.43±0.97ABCD 6.43±0.53ABCD
4 6.14±0.89ABCD 5.57±1.06ABCD 3.57±0.97ABCDEF 3.14±1.95ABC 5.57±1.13ABCDE 3.57±0.78ABCDEF 5.85±0.89AB 6.57±0.53ABC
6 mon
Control 6.14±0.37ABCD 6.28±1.88ABC 4.57±0.97A 1.00±0.00E 6.14±0.37ABCD 5.00±0.81A 4.28±0.75CDE 6.00±0.00ABCDEFG
1 6.57±1.13ABC 6.42±1.51AB 4.14±0.37AB 2.86±1.77ABCD 6.28±0.48ABC 4.86±1.06A 5.00±0.81ABCDE 6.28±1.11ABCDEF
2 6.72±0.73AB 6.71±0.75A 4.28±0.75A 3.14±1.95ABC 6.28±0.48ABC 4.42±1.27A 5.28±1.11ABCDE 6.42±1.13ABCDE
3 6.85±0.37A 6.71±0.75A 4.42±1.91A 3.28±1.25AB 6.57±0.53AB 4.14±0.89ABC 5.57±1.13ABC 6.85±0.37AB
4 7.00±0.00A 6.71±0.00A 4.43±1.62A 3.72±1.79A 6.86±0.37A 4.00±0.00ABCD 6.14±0.37A 7.00±0.00A

All values are mean±standard deviation (n=2).

1)Powdered microcapsules of tomato extracts-added Appenzeller cheese.

2)Control, Appenzeller cheese.

3)Means with different superscripts in a column (A-Q) are significantly different (p<0.05).

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The present study was performed to elucidate the physicochemical, microbial, and sensory properties of Appenzella cheese supplemented with PMT during ripening of 6 mon. The increase in the concentrations of PMT addition influenced the amounts of short-chain fatty acid, texture and sensory properties of Appenzella cheese. The total amounts of short-chain fatty acids were gradually increased during the ripening periods, irrespective of treatments. Texture and sensory properties of Appenzella cheese supplemented with the concentrations (1-4%, w/w) of PMT were quite acceptable. Therefore, PMT could be successfully used in the production of functional Appenzella cheese without altering its physicochemical or sensory properties during the ripening periods of 6 mon. Moreover, PMT could improve the value of Appenzella cheese with functional properties. Thus, it could be used to produce functional cheese products with health beneficial activities. This will also give ways to produce many functional cheeses in different dairy sectors.


The research was partially supported by a grant from Department of Oriental Cuisine & Culinary Arts, Youngsan University, Busan, Republic of Korea.



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