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Cured Meats

Master meat curing. To secure safety, consistency and profitability, shelf-stable meats need accurate water activity measurements . AQUALAB instruments deliver.

Water activity and shelf-stable meat products

Water activity. If you’re making shelf-stable meat, you’re required to measure it. But you can also profit from measuring it, and this guide will show you how.
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Top Quality Shelf-Stable. Dry-cured meat and shelf-stable products can gain more in production when mastering water activity. Avoid over-drying and improve shelf-life—the key is fast, reliable results. With Aqualab, speed and accuracy are possible for all your shelf-stable meat needs.

Olympia Provisions
Not your average meats.

Olympia’s commitment to craft and perfection led them to METER Group. Their AQUALAB system has helped them improve their QA and QC and impress inspectors.
Customer Stories3 min read
Olympia Provisions

Fast. Accurate. Safe. Aqualab instruments are leading in water activity and moisture content measurement, helping keep your batches safe, your shipments running and your production at top performance.

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Quality Assurance. Water activity is correlated with many reactions that may affect or end shelf life. Keep your batches safe, consistent and ready-to-clear for every shipment.

Water activity for food safety and quality

Water activity is the leading parameter for food quality and safety by controlling microbial growth, prevent caking and clumping, determine shelf life, and plenty more.
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How water activity controls microbial growth

Microorganisms rely on water for growth – without it, they're forced to go dormant. But how do you know how much water is available and which microbes will grow?
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Predict packaging performance to maximize product shelf life

You only need two key metrics to evaluate packaging: water activity and package permeability. Let's take a look at how to use them and why they're important.
Expertise library6 min read

Data is not just for safety, but for quality. It means we can say, 'here's the result we get every single time.' We can make our products exactly the way we want them.

- Josh Graves, Production Manager | Olympia Provisions

Upgrade to Aqualab. Gain more out of your cured meat products in safety, quality and taste with Aqualab instruments, designed for accuracy and speed, fulfilling every step of production.


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Learn. Apply. Grow. Every business can learn from precision. Find out key insights on water activity, manufacturing and how to improve your yield in our Knowledge Base.

Introduction to water activity (aw): The beginner's guide to water activity's role in food production

Water activity (aw) is directly related to the microbial susceptibility of food products and is correlated with many of the reactions that end shelf life in foods. Learn why water activity measurements in food are so powerful.
Education guides4 min read

The food manufacturer’s complete guide to water activity

For a cheap ingredient, water can cause a lot of expensive problems in the food industry. The best way to understand water in your product is by learning about water activity (aw).
Education guides20 min read

The food manufacturer’s complete guide to shelf life

Quality, safety, stability, microbial growth and more – water activity affects so many facets of shelf life. We've assembled everything you need to know about how to make the most of it.
Education guides4 min read