Tropical Veterinarian

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The Efficacy of the clay meat ball as a method of traditional meat preservation

JAA Sansi, GEO Makinde, DO Alonge, OT Lasisi


Keywords: meat ball, protein, mineral content

This work was carried out to determine the effectiveness of the use of clay meat balls (an African traditional method of preserving meat) in extending the shelf life of meat over a period of months against microbial (bacterial and fungal) spoilage and contamination without adversely affecting the protein and mineral contents of the meat.

The methods of oven drying and proximate analysis were applied for the study. Kundi had a higher crude protein value of 35.61% while meat from clay ball had 29.67% and fresh meat had 21.28%.

The levels of calcium, iron, potassium and sodium were higher in clay balls than in Kundi. The zinc content in Kundi was higher than in meat clay balls. The meat in the clay balls were more attractive in colour and more tasteful than Kundi.

It was concluded that heated clay meat ball method of preservation would be a better alternative for a traditional meat processor.

Trop. Vet. Vol. 20(4) 2002:197-200
AJOL African Journals Online