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Cereal Chem. 73 (2):167-175  |  VIEW ARTICLE


Australian Salt-Noodle Flours and Their Starches Compared to U.S. Wheat Flours and Their Starches (1).

Linfeng Wang (2) and Paul A. Seib (2). (1) Contribution 95-372-J of the Kansas Agriculture Experiment Station. (2) Graduate research assistant and professor, respectively. Dept. of Grain Science & Industry, Shellenberger Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66502-2201. Accepted October 23, 1995. Copyright 1996 by the American Association of Cereal Chemists, Inc. 

The properties of flours and starches from three soft wheats segregated in Western Australia for noodlemaking were compared with those of 12 wheats from the United States representing six classes. Also included were seven Korean noodle flours and their starches. Wheat starches were isolated from the flours in approximately 65% recovery by dough washing and in approximately 90% yield by protease digestion. Compared to the Australian flours, three U.S. soft red wheat flours had approximately 10% more total lipids and nonstarch lipids, whereas Western White wheat flour had less. Total lipids were low in the Australian flours, but nonstarch lipids were average. The swelling powers (SP) of the three Australian flours at 92.5°C ranged from 20.0 to 21.1 g/g, whereas those of the 12 U.S. flours ranged from 14.8 to 19.0 g/g. Multiple regression analysis showed that the SP of the 22 flours were positively correlated (r(^2) = 0.93, P = 0.001) with the SP of the starches and negatively correlated with flour protein levels. The high SP (92.5) of an Australian noodle-segregate flour was attributed to its low protein level and to its starch's low amylose and lipid levels. Gels prepared at 6% from Gamenya starch, one of the high-swelling Australian wheat starches, gave a high storage modulus (G(prime)) in dynamic rheological tests when compared to the gels of low-swelling wheat starches. When the starch concentrations in gels were increased to 10.5%, the G(prime) increased less for Gamenya than for the low-swelling starches, especially one from a soft wheat (Geneva). Low-swelling starch from the hard red winter wheat Karl gave gels at 8.0-10.5% solids with G(prime) values that almost matched those of Gamenya. The size distributions of starch granules from Karl and Geneva wheats were the lowest and highest, respectively, among the starches tested.

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