High voltage electrical stimulation enhances muscle tenderness, increases aging response, and improves muscle color from cabrito carcasses.
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Our study examined high and low voltage electrical stimulation and postmortem storage as strategies to improve tenderness and lean color in cabrito carcasses. Boer cross (n=60) kids were assigned to either high (550 V), low (20 V), or no electrical stimulation treatments. No differences in muscle temperature were observed between treatments at any time measured. Muscle pH declined fastest in high voltage treated carcasses. High voltage electrical stimulation slightly increased (P<0.05) b () and a () in the M. gluteus medius and tended to increase L () and b () (P=0.06 and 0.11, respectively) values in the M. longissimus thoracis. Electrical stimulation had no effect on myofibril fragmentation at 1-, 3-, or 14-d postmortem or sarcomere length. High voltage electrical stimulation increased (P<0.05) tenderness at 1- and 3-d postmortem, but not at 14-d postmortem. Aging for 3 d did not affect tenderness regardless of stimulation treatment, but aging time for 14 d improved (P<0.05) tenderness. These data indicate that high voltage electrical stimulation and 14 d aging were effective in improving the tenderness of meat from cabrito carcasses.