Definition of pasteurization
1 : partial sterilization of a substance and especially a liquid (such as milk) at a temperature and for a period of exposure that destroys objectionable organisms without major chemical alteration of the substance
2 : irradiation of food products
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Sour beers have come into vogue in recent years, but the tradition is centuries-old — prior to pasteurization, all beers had some element of sour to them, Pellino said.
Enter French scientist Louis Pasteur, already famous for his work with preserving milk and other foodstuffs through pasteurization.
Among them was the introduction of flash pasteurization, to kill any unwanted bacteria.
In Montana, that date is 12 days after pasteurization.
And ironically, here in the land of Pasteur, pasteurization of the milk used to make Comté is strictly forbidden.
Their pasteurized cheeses, though, still needed starters because pasteurization kills bacteria both good and bad for cheese.
Jasper Hill Farm, one of the cheesemaking companies Wolfe has worked with, has over 190 different microbes in their milk prior to pasteurization.
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First Known Use of pasteurization
PASTEURIZATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pasteurization for English Language Learners
: a process in which a liquid (such as milk or cream) is heated to a temperature that kills harmful germs and then cooled quickly
PASTEURIZATION Defined for Kids
Definition of pasteurization for Students
: the process of heating a liquid to a temperature to kill germs and then rapidly cooling it
Medical Definition of pasteurization
1: partial sterilization of a substance and especially a liquid (as milk) at a temperature and for a period of exposure that destroys pathogenic microorganisms
2: partial sterilization of perishable food products (as fruit or poultry) with radiation (as gamma rays emitted by cobalt 60)
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