Volatile compounds and some physico-chemical properties of pastırma produced with different nitrate levels

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Asian-Australas J Anim Sci. 2017;30(8):1168-1174
Publication date (electronic) : 2016 December 17
doi : https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.16.0512
1Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Atatürk University, Erzurum 25240, Turkey
2Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iğdır University, Iğdır 76002, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: Güzin Kaban, Tel: +90-442-2312425, Fax: +90-442-2360958, E-mail: gkaban@atauni.edu.tr
Received 2016 July 6; Revised 2016 October 3; Accepted 2016 December 10.



The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of different nitrate levels (150, 300, 450, and 600 ppm KNO3) on the volatile compounds and some other properties of pastırma.


Pastırma samples were produced under the controlled condition and analyses of volatile compounds, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) as an indicator of lipid oxidation, non-protein nitrogenous matter content as an indicator of proteolysis, color and residual nitrite were carried out on the final product. The profile of volatile compounds of pastırma samples was analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry using a solid phase microextraction.


Nitrate level had a significant effect on pH value (p<0.05) and a very significant effect on TBARS value (p<0.01). No significant differences were determined in terms of aw value, non-protein nitrogenous substance content, color and residual nitrite between pastırma groups produced by using different nitrate levels. Nitrate level had a significant (p<0.05) or a very significant (p<0.01) effect on some volatile compounds. It was determined that the amounts and counts of volatile compounds were lower in the 450 and especially 600 ppm nitrate levels than 150 and 300 ppm nitrate levels (p<0.05). While the use of 600 ppm nitrate did not cause an increase in residual nitrite levels, the use of 150 ppm nitrate did not negatively affect the color of pastırma. However, the levels of volatile compounds decreased with an increasing level of nitrate.


The use of 600 ppm nitrate is not a risk in terms of residual nitrite in pastırma produced under controlled condition, however, this level is not suitable due to decrease in the amount of volatile compounds.


Nitrate and nitrite are inevitable additives in cured meat products due to antioxidant and antimicrobial properties as well as the formation of color and flavor. Some chemical and biochemical reactions occurring between degradation products of nitrite and the degradation products of protein, fat and carbohydrate play a significant role in the development of flavor of cured meat products [1]. It has been also shown that nitrate and nitrite are effective in formation and levels of volatile compounds [2].

The history of the meat curing is unclear but many sources indicate contamination of salt with potassium nitrate, which gives red color to meat, [3] was involved at the outset. Legal regulations have been made for these additives due to their health risks. Special directives in European Directive 2011/1129/EC (Section 8.2.4) [4] have been defined for the use of nitrate and nitrite in traditional cured meat products.

Nitrate may be used alone or with nitrite in curing process of meat products. While nitrite is used alone [5] or with nitrate in North America, Europe and many other countries in curing of meat products [6], in Mediterranean countries, use of nitrate has been preferred over a long time in ripened products [2]. Nitrate and nitrite were also used together in some dry-cured ham types [1,7].

Pastırma is a traditional Turkish raw-cured meat product produced by curing, drying and pressing of whole muscle obtained from certain parts of beef and water buffalo carcasses and by covering the meat with çemen after these processes. Sixteen or more pastırma-appropriate meat pieces can be obtained from one carcass. Different types of pastırma, which are named as to where muscle and muscle groups used as raw material are obtained (such as kuşgömü, kürek, sırt, etc.), are produced. The production of pastırma takes about one month according to the size of muscles used and processes conditions. It is categorized as an intermediate moisture food, and the production does not include heating or smoking processes. After final drying, pastırma is consumed as raw (without cooking). This product can be also stored for nine months without refrigeration [8]. Curing process is one of the most important stages in the production of pastırma. Nitrate is usually used as curing agent in production of pastırma. The ratio of nitrate used in pastırma production ranges from 750 ppm [9] to 1,000 ppm [8,10].

So far, there are no studies in literature on the effects of low nitrate ratios for pastırma. Moreover, there are none on the effects of different nitrate levels on volatile compounds. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of different nitrate levels (150, 300, 450, and 600 ppm) on the changes in the composition of volatile compounds, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) as an indicator of lipid oxidation, non-protein nitrogenous matter content as an indicator of proteolysis, color and residual nitrite in pastırma.


The production of pastırma

M. Longissimus dorsi from beef carcasses were used in the production. M. Longissmus dorsi muscles (right and left parts) were cut across the centre into two pieces. In total, four pieces were obtained for production of pastırma. Production was carried out twice. One carcass was used for each experiment.

First, fat and connective tissue from the surface of meat were removed. Then, deep incisions were made on meat strips. After this, production stages were performed as given in Table 1. Four groups of pastırma were produced by using the curing mixtures: 100 g NaCl, 0.3 g sucrose, and 150 ppm KNO3 or 300 ppm KNO3 or 450 ppm KNO3 or 600 ppm KNO3 for 1 kg meat.

The stages of pastırma production

Determination of pH and aw values

Ten grams of sample were homogenized with 100 mL distilled water (1:10 w/v), and pH value was measured using a pH meter. Water activity (aw) was determined by using a TH-500 aw Sprint (Novasina, Pfäffikon, Switzerland).

Residual nitrite analysis

In residual nitrite analysis of pastırma samples, the method given by Tauchmann [11] was used. Residual nitrite amount of samples was determined as NaNO2 ppm units based on coefficient and absorbance values which were calculated using sample weight, dilution factor and standard curve.

Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances and non-protein nitrogenous matter analyses

The TBARS values of samples were determined according to the method of Lemon [12] and were given as μmol malondialdehyde/kg. Non-protein nitrogenous matter (NPN-M) content was determined according to Anonymous [13]. The results were expressed as g/100 g of samples.

Determination of color value

Cross-sectional color values (L*, a*, and b*) of samples were measured using a colorimeter (CR-200, Minolta Co, Osaka, Japan). Color value measurements were carried out according to the criteria defined by Commission Internationale de I’E Clairage based on three-dimensional color measurement. Analysis was performed on sliced samples as three replicates.

Volatile compounds analysis

The extraction of volatile compounds was done using a CAR/PDMS (Supelco 75 μm, Bellefonte, PA, USA) fibre according to Kaban [8]. After the extraction, the compounds adsorbed by fibre were desorbed from the injection port of the gas chromatography (Agilent Technologies 6890N, Santa Clara, CA, USA) for 6 min at 250°C, and the compounds were determined by a mass selective detector (Agilent 5973, USA). Volatile compounds were separated in a DB-624 (Agilent J&W Scientific, Santa Clara, CA, USA; 60 m, 0.25 mm i.d., 1.4 μm film) capillary column. Helium was used as carrier gas. The temperature programme was started when the fibre was inserted and held at 40°C for 6min and subsequently programmed from 40°C to 110°C at 3°C/min and at a rate of 4°C/min to 150°C, then, at a rate of 10°C/min to 210°C where it was held for another 12 min. The gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-MS) interface was maintained at 280°C. Mass spectra were obtained by electron impact at 70 eV, and data were acquired across the range 30 to 400 amu. The results were evaluated by comparing with mass spectra from a database developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and WILEY, or standard molecules (for calculating kovats indices, Supelco 44585-U, Bellefonte, PA, USA) and by matching their retention indices with those in the literature. Each sample was analysed as three replicates.

Statistical analysis

In the study, nitrate level (150, 300, 450, and 600 ppm KNO3) was taken as factor. The experiments were carried out according to randomized complete block design as two replicates. The data was tested by variance analysis and differences between means were evaluated by Duncan’s multiple range tests using SPSS 20 statistics software (Armonk, NY, USA, 2011). The relationship between the various nitrate levels and volatile compounds detected with solid phase microextraction (SPME) GC/MS analysis was evaluated by principal component analysis (PCA) using Unscrambler v.10.01 (Camo Process AS., Oslo, Norway).


pH and aw

Nitrate level had significant effect (p<0.05) on pH value of pastırma samples. While the lowest mean pH value was determined in the group containing 150 ppm nitrate, pH value increased with increasing of nitrate ratio, and the highest mean pH value was found in the group with added 600 ppm nitrate (p<0.05) (Table 2). The pH value was found above 5.5 in all of groups. This finding was in agreement with the results of other researchers [8,10]. The highest pH value of pastırma should be 6.0 according to the Turkish Food Codex Communiqué on Meat and Meat Products [14].

Overall effect of nitrate level on physico-chemical properties of pastırma (values are means±SD)

Nitrate level had no statistically significant effect on aw value (p>0.05). Water activity values were determined below 0.90 in all groups, and the aw value ranged from 0.841 to 0.863 (Table 2). In pastırma, water activity values are affected by the salt concentration and drying processes. Therefore, pastırma belongs to the group of intermediate moisture food [15,16]. Water activity shows a decrease depending on the progress of production time [8]. In pastırma, water activity is the most important hurdle factor for microbiological stability, it is stated that it should be below 0.90 [8,15].

Residual nitrite

Nitrate and nitrite are important additives in pastırma production in terms of color formation, ensuring of curing flavor, prevention of rancidity and antimicrobial activity. However, reduction of nitrate to nitrite is necessary in the processes using nitrate for formation of these effects [1]. In the reduction of nitrate to nitrite, microorganisms having nitrate reductase activity play an important role. On the other hand, the residual nitrate and nitrite must be under certain values in the final product because of negative effects on human health.

Nitrate level had no statistically significant effect on residual nitrite amounts of pastırma samples produced with different nitrate levels (p>0.05), and amount of residual nitrite varied from 3.35 to 15.05 ppm (Table 2). According to this result, residual nitrite amount was less than 50 ppm given as the limit value [17], even if 600 ppm nitrate was used. In another study about cured dried whole processed meat products, residual amount of nitrite was determined as 16.8 ppm [18].

Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances and non-protein nitrogenous matter values

Nitrate level had a significant effect on TBARS value of pastırma (p<0.01). The highest TBARS value was determined in the group produced using 450 ppm KNO3 (p<0.05). Statistically, there were not any differences between 300 ppm and 600 ppm potasium nitrate levels (p>0.05) (Table 2). The lowest TBARS value was found in the group containing 150 ppm KNO3 and this value was statistically different from mean TBARS values of other groups (p<0.05). Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, secondary products of lipid oxidation are used as indicators of lipid oxidation. Kaban [8] reported that lipid oxidation continues during the production of pastırma and as a result of that, TBARS value increases.

In dry-cured meat products, proteolysis is one of the most important reactions. Amounts of non-protein nitrogenous substances such as peptides and free amino acids increase as a result of proteolysis. It was determined that non-protein nitrogenous matter content as an indicator of proteolysis increase during pastırma production process [8]. In the present study, non-protein nitrogenous matter content varied from 4.32 to 4.69 g/100 g in samples (Table 2). However, there were no statistical differences among groups in terms of non-protein nitrogenous matter content (p<0.05).

Color values

The factors such as the use of curing agent (nitrate, nitrite, and nitrate/nitrite), pH value and myoglobin content of raw material and manufacturing process are effective in color formation of cured meat products [1,19]. Nitrate is the most important curing agent used in the production of pastırma [8,10]. This curing agent, which is generally used as potassium nitrate, can usually be added to salt in various amounts before the production. Nitrate level had no significant effect on L*, a*, and b* values of pastırma samples (p>0.05) (Table 2). According to these result, use of 150 ppm nitrate in pastırma production was sufficient for color formation.

Volatile compounds

Many volatile compounds belonging to various chemical groups occur as a result of many reactions during pastırma production [1,8,16]. A total of 46 compounds consisting of 11 different chemical such as aliphatic hydrocarbons, sulfur compounds, aromatic hydrocarbons, aldehydes, terpenes, ketones, esters, furans, acids, alcohols, and nitrogen compounds were identified in pastırma samples produced using different nitrate levels (Table 3).

Volatile compounds of pastırma samples produced by using different nitrate levels (values are means±SD)

From 11 aldehydes identified, nitrate level had a significant effect on the 2-pentanal, hexanal, heptanal, octanal, and propanal- 2-methyl-3-phenyl at levels of p<0.05 or p<0.01. 2-Methyl-3- phenyl propanal from statistically significant aldehydes showed the highest value at 150 ppm level (Table 3). Aldehydes have an important share in volatile profile of pastırma [8,16]. In a market research conducted by Kaban and Kaya [16], it was reported that total peak area of aldehydes ranged from 17.21 to 43.80, and hexenal was dominant compound.

3-Methyl thiopene, 10 sulphur compounds identified from pastırma samples, was only found significantly at p<0.05 level (Table 3). Sulphur compounds have been found in the other studies conducted on pastırma [8,16]. In pastırma, sulphur compounds were concluded to be resulting from çemen used in final stage [8]. Garlic also found in the composition of çemen has been shown as source of many sulphur compounds by Ramirez and Cava [20].

Three ketones as 1,3-pentadiene, 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one, and 3,5-octadien-2-one were determined in pastırma samples (Table 3). None of these compounds were statistically significant (p>0.05). Similarly, it was also determined that numbers and percentage values of ketones are low in studies of volatile compounds on pastırma [8,16]. Kaban [8] reported that ketones were not found in raw material used in pastırma production, but ketones were generated during the production.

In pastırma samples, six different aromatic hydrocarbons; toluene, benzene- 2-methyl-1-propenyl, benzene-1-methoxy-4-(1-propenyl), 1-methylene-1H-Indene, benzene-1,3-bis (1,1- dimethylethyl), and benzene-1,2-dimethoxy-4-(2-propenyl), were determined (Table 3). The sources of aromatic hydrocarbons can show differences considerably. Of these compounds, toluen can come from lipid degradation as well as animal feeds [21]. On the other hand, Marco et al [22] reported that this compound may also occur as a result of amino acid catabolism. As can be understood from the average toluen levels that was found statistically significant, when nitrate level increased, toluen amount decreased, and this compound was not observed at 600 ppm level. Kaban [8] also determined that toluen in the final product was not found.

Aliphatic hydrocarbons are compounds that have a limited effect on aroma of dry-cured meat products due to having high threshold values [20]. In the present study, two different aliphatic hydrocarbons; hexane and tridecane, were identified. Nitrate level had a significant effect on both of them (p<0.05). Aliphatic hydrocarbons, secondary products of lipid oxidation, were determined at different levels in other studies related to pastırma [8,16]. A decrease in the amounts of these compounds was observed depending on increasing of nitrate level.

Esters occur usually as a result of esterification of carboxylic acids and alcohols in meat products. Low molecular weight esters such as ethyl ester, may be come from carbohydrate metabolism [23]. On the other hand, Olesen et al [24] reported that ethyl acetate level in fermented meat products produced by using nitrate was higher than the samples produced by using nitrite. In the present study, nitrate level showed significant effects on butyl propionate (p<0.05), 2,4-Hexadienoic acid methyl ester and propyl hexanoate (p<0.01) at different significance levels. Level of other esters determined except 2,4-hexadienoic acid methyl ester decreased with increasing nitrate levels. The highest level of 2,4-hexadienoic acid methyl ester was determined in pastırma samples containing 300 ppm nitrate. In esters, as in aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, the decrease was usually observed with increasing level of nitrate.

Terpenes are generally considered to be sourced off spices, especially from pepper [25]. However, it was also indicated that some terpenes were found in meat as a result of their existence in animal feed [26]. In a study on pastırma, five terpenes including α-pinene, β-pinene, 3-carene, D-limonene and o-cymol were determined in raw materials and it was concluded that terpenes were related to animal feed [8]. In this study, five terpenes were identified as β-myrcene, D-limonene, linalool, eugenol, and caryophyllene (Table 3). The levels of β-myrcene (p<0.05) and D-limonene (p<0.01) compounds found statistically significantly decreased depending on increasing nitrate level and even could not be determined at the level of 600 ppm nitrate.

In pastırma samples produced with different levels of nitrate, the nitrate level showed statistically significant effect on 1-methyl- 1H-pyrrole (p<0.05). Soto et al [27] also determined this compound in dry cured loin. Only one alcohol (3,5-octadiene-2-ol) was determined in pastırma produced using different levels of nitrate. However, nitrate level had no significant effect on 3,5-octadiene-2-ol (p>0.05). Five different alcohols in the production of pastırma were detected by Kaban [8]. Alcohols are significant aroma compounds in dry fermented meat products because of low odor threshold, and their most important sources are lipid oxidation, carbohydrate metabolism and amino acid catabolism [28].

2-Pentyl-furan identified in this study was also been determined in a previous study on pastırma by Kaban [8]. This compound was affected very significantly (p<0.01) from nitrate level and its level decreased as nitrate level increased. Additionally, this compound was also determined in raw-cured whole processed meat products such as cured loin [7], Iberian ham [29], dry cured ham [30]. It was known that this compound occurs during the heat treatment, also might occur as a result of the oxidation of linoleic acid [29].

In pastırma samples, pentanoic acid, 2-methyl and hexanoic acid as acids were found (Table 3). In this research, nitrate level, the main cause of variation, had significant effect at on 2-methyl-pentanoic acid (p<0.05) and on hexanoic acid (p<0.01). The lowest average level of hexanoic acid and pentanoic acid, 2-methyl was determined in the group containing 600 ppm nitrate. In a study carried out on pastırma, Kaban and Kaya [16] identified two different acids as butanoic acid, 3-methyl, and hexanoic acid.

PCA was applied to study the relationships between nitrate level and volatile compounds of pastırma. Two principal components explained 81% of the total variance. The first component explained 57% of the variation in measured properties and the second component 24% of the variation. Figure 1 shows a Biplot with principal component 1 (PC1) plotted against principal component 2 (PC2). The biplot obtained from this analysis showed that all of the volatile compounds evaluated except 1,3-pentadiene were highly related with PC1 (Figure 1). PC1 differentiated the 600 ppm nitrate group showing a negative correlation from the groups containing 150, 300, and 450 ppm nitrate. The 300, 450, and 600 ppm nitrate groups were placed on the positive axis of PC2, however, 150 ppm nitrate group showed only negative correlation with PC2.

Figure 1

Principal component analysis of the volatile compounds of pastırma produced with different nitrate levels. Principal component1 (PC-1); principal component 2 (PC-2).


Potassium nitrate is used extensively as a curing agent in the production of pastırma. Residual nitrite level was found much lower than 50 ppm even in the pastırma produced with 600 ppm nitrate. In addition, a negative effect in terms of pastırma’s color was not observed in the group treated with 150 ppm nitrate. In all groups with different levels of nitrate, pH and aw values were determined above 5.5 and under the 0.90, respectively. NPN-M content value was not affected by the use of different levels of nitrate, while some differences may be observed in TBARS value. Decreases were found in the levels of aldehydes, a significant share inside of volatile compounds, as well as aromatic hydrocarbons, esters and terpenes with increasing of nitrate level.


This study has been supported by the Research Council of Atatürk University (BAP 2012/257). The financial support of Atatürk University is gratefully acknowledged.



We certify that there is no conflict of interest with any financial organization regarding the material discussed in the manuscript.


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Figure 1

Principal component analysis of the volatile compounds of pastırma produced with different nitrate levels. Principal component1 (PC-1); principal component 2 (PC-2).

Table 1

The stages of pastırma production

Production stage Time Temperature (°C) Relative humidity (%)
Curing 2 d 4±1 -
First drying 6 d 15±1 80±2
First pressing1) 20 h 7±1 -
Second drying 6 d 20±1 70±2
Second pressing2) 7 h 25±1 -
Third drying 4 d 20±1 70±2
Çemen coating 1 d 4±1 -
Drying with çemen2) 8 d 20±1 70±2

For 1 kg meat, 15 kg weight.


Çemen was made from flour ground from fenugreek (Trigolella foenum graecum), mashed fresh garlic and red pepper.

Table 2

Overall effect of nitrate level on physico-chemical properties of pastırma (values are means±SD)

Nitrat levels (ppm) pH aw TBARS (μmol MDA/kg) Residual nitrite (mg/kg) NPN-M (g/100 g) L* a* b*
150 5.62±0.01a 0.853±0.02a 21.26±1.59a 9.19±2.38a 4.32±0.76a 32.23±1.73a 11.68±1.18a 4.50±1.53a
300 5.66±0.01ab 0.841±0.03a 30.49±1.82b 3.35±1.63a 4.49±0.15a 31.06±1.12a 12.98±1.92a 3.02±1.57a
450 5.69±0.03b 0.847±0.02a 37.52±0.75c 15.05±7.28a 4.64±0.06a 34.34±1.11a 13.47±3.22a 2.90±1.97a
600 5.70±0.01b 0.863±0.00a 32.06±0.98b 10.58±0.04a 4.65±0.14a 34.37±3.12a 14.06±1.12a 3.20±1.84a

SD, standard deviation; aw, water activity; TBARS, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances; MDA, malondialdehyde; NPN-M, non-protein nitrogenous matter.


Any two means in the same column having the same letters in the same section are not significantly different at p>0.05.

Table 3

Volatile compounds of pastırma samples produced by using different nitrate levels (values are means±SD)

Items R1) KI2) Nitrate level (ppm)

150 300 450 600
 2-Butenal,2-methyl c 788 2.18±1.67a 3.55±1.50a 2.60±1.52a 1.87±0.58a
 2- Pentenal c 810 0. 30±0.59a 1.28±0.25b 0.31±0.62a 0.00±0.00a
 Hexanal a 849 44.13±31.10ab 75.30±19.92b 27.45±19.59a 29.21±24.55a
 Heptanal a 955 7.86±2.54b 10.81±2.59b 7.96±3.39b 2.81±1.77a
 2-Heptenal c 1,019 1.23±0.83a 1.21±0.85a 1.86±0.46a 0.93±0.48a
 Benzaldehyde c 1,022 46.29±35.79ab 46.36±16.93ab 60.08±12.87b 21.63±12.44a
 Octanal b 1,054 7.46±1.52b 10.33±3.83b 8.67±2.69b 2.65±1.59a
 2,4-Heptadienal c 1,065 0.81±0.94ab 1.49±0.53b 1.19±0.16ab 0.22±0.44a
 Nonanal b 1,163 30.68±7.61a 30.49±26.99a 32.70±8.99a 15.71±4.99a
 2-Nonenal c 1,224 5.19±7.10a 5.97±2.73a 3.70±0.86a 1.19±0.84a
 2-methyl-3-phenyl propanal b 1,334 27.34±18.99b 11.46±4.04a 7.69±1.52a 3.62±1.89a
Sulphur compounds
 Methyl thiirane b 574 9.59±9.57a 5.34±2.54a 2.97±3.45a 1.21±2.43a
 Thietane c 611 1.23±2.47ab 3.30±3.22b 1.05±1.22ab 0.00±0.00a
 Sulfide allyl methyl b 730 5.04±3.76a 11.38±8.90a 8.24±7.64a 2.97±1.14a
 Dimethyl disulfide b 778 1.31±1.63a 2.15±1.67a 2.19±2.65a 0.00±0.00a
 3-methyl thiophene c 791 2.47±1.68b 4.19±1.89b 2.76±1.30b 0.28±0.55a
 3,3′-thiobis-1-propene c 888 15.19±7.18ab 23.21±19.17b 16.37±12.58ab 5.17±1.62a
 2,4-dimethyl thiophene c 918 0.71±0.77a 2.17±2.59a 0.66±0.65a 0.00±0.00a
 Disulfide,methyl 2-propenyl b 958 11.57±7.38a 13.94±7.66a 13.84±8.55a 5.44±2.42a
 Trans propenyl methyl disulfide c 980 2.76±3.08a 3.04±1.89a 3.54±2.13a 1.29±0.80a
 Disulfide di-2-propenyl b 1,157 49.35±20.96a 61.30±43.61a 57.21±27.45a 28.99±10.60a
 1,3 -Pentadiene c 557 16.34±15.75a 13.21±7.42a 15.00±17.52a 41.96±24.69a
 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one c 1,031 1.61±1.32a 0.93±0.68a 2.57±1.65a 0.35±0.50a
 3,5 - octadien -2-one c 1,165 1.60±1.96a 2.51±1.90a 2.03±0.64a 0.82±0.34a
Aromatic hydrocarbons
 Toluen a 789 5.16±4.56b 2.47±0.29ab 0.40±0.80a 0.00±0.00a
 Benzene- 2- methyl-1-propenyl- c 1,152 1.89±2.39a 0.76±0.52a 0.27±0.32a 0.00±0.00a
 Benzene-1- metoxy-4-(1- propenyl) c 1,230 20.08±24.29a 7.54±5.11a 2.65±0.89a 1.30±0.51a
 1-methylene-1H-Indene c 1,233 5.52±7.87a 0.87±1.74a 0.90±1.79a 0.24±0.47a
 Benzene-1,3-bis-(1,1- dimethylethyl) c 1,289 1.58±1.95a 0.99±1.15a 0.72±0.51a 0.17±0.35a
 Benzene-1,2-dimethoxy-4-(2-propenyl) b 1,485 15.17±13.67a 7.74±3.34a 10.28±10.30a 5.11±1.43a
Aliphatic hydrocarbons
 Hexane a 500 10.08±11.68b 5.45±6.32ab 0.00±0.00a 0.00±0.00a
 Tridecane a 1,301 21.72±19.78b 2.18±1.85a 0.95±0.68a 0.30±0.35a
 Butyl propionate b 976 8.95±6.32b 2.99±1.78a 0.22±0.44a 0.00±0.00a
 2,4-hexadienoic acid, methyl ester c 1,059 8.76±3.08a 16.52±10.07b 8.28±3.38a 2.60±1.30a
 Propyl hexanoate b 1,151 17.51±6.76b 9.48±0.71a 6.50±1.22a 3.69±0.71a
 Hexyl butanoate b 1,221 27.47±27.17a 6.98±1.46a 2.73±0.57a 1.57±0.21a
 β-Myrcene b 1,005 1.82±1.50b 1.52±0.91b 0.94±0.83ab 0.00±0.00a
 D -Limonene b 1,055 2.84±1.76c 1.71±0.56bc 1.05±0.80ab 0.00±0.00a
 Linalool b 1,161 1.14±1.47a 1.28±0.99a 1.04±0.77a 0.70±0.56a
 Eugenol c 1,460 6.78±9.26a 2.66±1.27a 2.49±2.04a 1.26±0.49a
 Caryophyllene c 1,490 2.28±1.64a 1.84±1.47a 2.52±2.03a 1.29±0.29a
Nitrogen compound
 1-methyl- 1H- pyrrole b 786 0.00±0.00a 1.02±1.18b 0.78±0.91ab 0.00±0.00a
 3,5-octadiene-2-ol b 1,093 2.76±2.45a 2.02±0.65a 1.86±0.53a 1.09±0.53a
Furan compound
 2-Pentyl furan c 1,021 2.34±0.37b 2.60±0.80b 1.78±0.47b 0.71±0.17a
 2-methyl-pentanoic acid c 1,023 18.34±6.13b 20.31±6.12b 15.61±3.92ab 8.78±2.15a
 Hexanoic acid a 1,058 5.00±2.37b 5.97±1.71b 4.67±1.28b 0.81±0.97a

Results are expressed in Arbitrary Area Units (×10−6) as means of 3 replicates of each pastırma.


R, reliability of identification: a, mass spectrum and retention time identical with an authentic sample; b, mass spectrum and Kovats index from literature in accordance; c, tentative identification by mass spectrum.


KI: Kovats index calculated for DB-624 capillary column (J&W Scientific, 60 m, 0.25 mm i.d., 1.4 μm film) installed on a gas chromatograph equipped with a mass selective detector.


Any two means in the same row having the same letters are not significantly different at p>0.05.