Application Note: Moisture Determination of Margarine

The water content of margarine is important for the taste, texture and shelf life of the product.

The moisture determination of margarine was carried out by our application scientist, using Precisa’s XM60 Halogen Moisture Analyzer. 2.5 grams of margarine sample was thinly and evenly spread on the pan of the moisture analyzer. Using a standard programme with a temperature of  105 °C, 6 measurements were taken with an average analysis time of 7.8 minutes. The average moisture content of the sample was 8.29%. This aligned well with the reference sample where a margarine sample was dried using an air oven set to 105 °C for 3 hours, finding the moisture content to be 8.04%.

 Moisture Determination of Margarine Summary Table

DescriptionMargarine, yellowish
UtensilsSpatula, Aluminum Pan, Glass Fiber Filter
PreparationSpread the sample thinly and evenly on the pan
Sample weight (+/-10%)2.5 g
Temperature programStandard
Temperature105 °C
Stop-CriteriaAutostop 2 Digits =/60 s
Moisture Content (average of 6 measurements)8.29%
Standard Deviation (+/-)0.07%
Average Analysis Time7.8 min
ReferenceAir oven, 105°C for 3 hours
8.04% +/- 0.22% 4


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