The investigations were conducted on meat products similar to ham that were processed from beef semitendinosus muscle, packed in thermo-shrinkable bags (so called cryovac). The investigated meat products have been stored either as final products (F) or as cured uncooked, non-smoked semi-products (P) at a near-cryoscopic temperature, for 4, 6, and 8 weeks. The investigation performed aimed at determining what was the influence of storage conditions on water holding capacity (WHC), colour, and structure of the material studied. It was stated that the storage of beef ham at a temperature of -3° C had a negative impact on the structure; however, it did not influence the water holding capacity. Additionally, the investigations proved that the colour of beef ham stored as final products was more durable than the colour of beef ham stored as cured semi-products.
beef hams, storage, structure, WHC, colour