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Fibrousness of asparagus is an extremely important factor of quality for both the raw and processed product. The TMS-Pro System equipped with a single blade test cell can be used to determine fibrousness or the actual weight or yield of the processed product from tests on the raw product. This prediction of stalks or cuts free of objectionable fiber can be used as a basis of raw product payment or for determining whether to use or discard certain portions of the spear.
Model TMS-Pro with a 1000 Newton load cell and, TMS Light Weight Blade Set. Test speed set to 7 inches per minute in the downward direction and full speed on the return.
Obtain a representative sample from the lot to be tested. Divide sample into bundles three inches in diameter, bound together with a rubber band after making all the tip ends even.
Guide as To Percent Usable Asparagus Based On Peak - Pound / Force Values.
NOTE: The TMS-Pro system can also be used to determine the fibrousness of canned asparagus with Model CS-1 Standard Shear-Compression Cell.