Equations were developed to predict beef longissimus dorsi (LD) tenderness after postmortem refrigerated aging. Warner‐Bratzler shear force (WBSF) and myofibril fragmentation indices (MFI) were determined at 1, 3, 7 and 14 days postmortem on LD of Angus‐Hereford (AH, n = 8) and 5/8 Brahman crossbred (n = 8) heifer carcasses. Correlation coefficients between WBSF and MFI were −0.91, −0.74, −0.63, and −0.40 at 1, 3, 7 and 14 days postmortem, respectively. None of the traits measured correlated significantly with 14‐day WBSF (P > 0.05). A three‐variable prediction equation that included 24‐hr calcium‐dependent protease (CDP) inhibitor activity, 0‐hr CDP‐I activity and 24‐hr cystatin activity accounted for 63% of the variation in 14‐day WBSF.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of food science|
|State||Published - Sep 1991|