Ash Content Determination
Ash refers to the inorganic residue remaining after either ignition or complete oxidation of organic matter in a food sample. Determining the ash content of a food is part of proximate analysis for nutritional evaluation and it is an important quality attribute for some food ingredients. Also, ashing is the first step in the preparation of a sample for specific elemental analysis. This laboratory exercise uses the dry ashing technique with a muffle furnace to determine the ash content of a variety of food products. Moisture content determination is also included so ash content data can be expressed on both a wet weight basis and a dry weight basis.
KeywordsMuffle Furnace Cheddar Cheese Record Weight Inorganic Residue Moisture Content Determination
- Harris GK, Marshall MR (2017) Ash analysis, Ch. 16. In: Nielsen SS (ed) Food Analysis, 5th edn. Springer, New YorkGoogle Scholar