Dairy and cereal products are frequently combined to create composites with enhanced nutritional benefits. Commercially available dried dairy‐cereal composites are typically reconstituted and cooked to produce porridge or soup.
Dried fermented milk‐cereal composites (FMCC) with ∼193 g kg−1 protein were prepared by blending fermented milk with parboiled oats (FMCCo), wheat (FMCCw), or barley (FMCCb), incubating the blend, drying, and milling. Cereal type significantly affected the composition of the FMCC and the properties of the reconstituted, cooked FMCC (R‐FMCC). The FMCCo had a higher starch and fat content and lower levels of lactose, lactic acid, and amylose than FMCCb. The R‐FMCCo had higher viscosity during cooking at 95 °C and cooling to 35 °C, and higher values of yield stress (σ0), consistency index (K) and viscosity on shearing from 20 to 120 s−1 at 60 °C than R‐FMCCb. The FMCCw had lower levels of fat and β‐glucan than FMCCo or FMCCb, but was otherwise closer to FMMCb with respect to composition, cooking properties and flow behavior.
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