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Great stories from food science and technology. In particular, as it applies to meat science, especially pork.
Great stories from food science and technology. In particular, as it applies to meat science, especially pork.

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Honey – powerful preserving and healing power (Fascinating Insights from Arabia) Eben van Tonder 17 May 2018 INTRODUCTION The link between meat preservation technology and embalming is by this time well established and I have written extensively on the…
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How did Ancient Humans Preserve Food? By Eben van Tonder 3 April 2018 Introduction I have been studying the origins of curing technology for many years.  I realised that in order to properly understand the technology and its origins, I will gain the best…
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Honey in cured meat formulations By Eben van Tonder 18 March 2018 INTRODUCTION There is a legend in Africa, that it was the Khoisan who discovered natural fermenting honey in the hollow of a tree.  According to the story, honey dripped from a beehive into…
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Joshua Penny and Hottentot Fermentation Technology at the Cape of Good Hope By Eben van Tonder 10 March 2018 Fermentation is used to produce alcohol and preserve meat.   My interest in its history first came to me when I read the sixty-page pamphlet…
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Erythorbate Eben van Tonder 9 February 2018 INTRODUCTION In meat curing, sodium erythorbate [E316] (C6H7NaO6) functions as an antioxidant, to increase the rate of nitrite reduction to nitric oxide which reduces the amount of residual nitrite in cured meat…
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Erythorbate
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The Sal Ammoniac Project by: Eben van Tonder 4 February 2018 Studying curing salts from antiquity, I realised that sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride) was probably the first curing agent with universal appeal and traded across Europe, China, India, and…
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The Sal Ammoniac Project
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Listeria Monocytogenes: Its discovery and naming. Eben van Tonder 16 December 2017 Cape Town Introduction The discovery and naming of the Listeria monocytogenes are instructive with a very interesting South African connection and a controversy associated…
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And then the mummies spoke! Eben van Tonder 8 December 2017 Introduction It is December and at work, our days changed into a continuum where we are at the factory almost every waking moment.  I am on a quest to find the place where meat curing was…
And then the mummies spoke!
And then the mummies spoke!
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Restructuring of whole muscle meat with Microbial Transglutaminase – a holistic and collaborative approach.  (30/May/2017) By:  Eben van Tonder 15 January 2017 A DISCUSSION ARTICLE INDEX SUMMARY INTRODUCTION NATURES BIOLOGICAL GLUE HOW DOES IT WORK: THE…
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I researched bacon producers in Nepal when we planned our hiking trip. I came across the Facebook page of Kathmandu’s Urban Food. I was immediately struck by the fact that the look of their company reminded me very much about how Woodys was started. It…
Kathmandu’s Urban Food
Kathmandu’s Urban Food
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