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Convenience Foods. Convenience Foods. Convenience Foods . Item that has been commercially processed to make it more convenient to store or use Includes items that have been processed for a longer shelf life Reduce meal preparation time. Facts .

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convenience foods

Convenience Foods

Convenience Foods

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Convenience Foods
  • Item that has been commercially processed to make it more convenient to store or use
  • Includes items that have been processed for a longer shelf life
  • Reduce meal preparation time.
facts
Facts
  • Convenience foods, also called Processed foods, are those that have either completely or in-part commercially prepare
  • Convenience foods are canned, frozen, cured, dried, or freeze-dried.
  • Processing helps to keep perishable foods from spoiling by destroying or slowing down the growth of harmful microorganisms.
  • Convenience foods can be stored at room temperature and for longer periods of time than “fresh” foods.
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Facts continued …..
  • Most convenience foods do not require special skills or equipment to prepare.
  • Directions and ingredients on convenience food labels give clues as to how the food can fit into a balanced, healthful diet or meal plan.
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Examples of Convenience Foods

  • Snacks
  • Main Dishes
  • Side Dishes
  • Complete Meals
  • All already prepared
advantages of convenience foods
Advantages of Convenience Foods
  • Less preparation time, so more time enjoying other things
  • Reduced planning, buying and storing of ingredients.
  • Fewer leftovers
  • More variety, especially for inexperienced cooks
  • Faster and easier to cleanup
  • Storability- usually keep well for extended periods
  • Foods sold year round
disadvantages of convenience foods
Disadvantages of Convenience Foods
  • Cooking time is sometimes increased for thawing or longer baking time
  • Products may contain higher amounts of fat, sugar, sodium, and calories
  • Some nutrients are lost during processing
  • Higher costs than homemade
  • Products may contain additives- preservatives, coloring, ect.
  • Products may lack appeal of foods prepared at home
  • Packaging may negatively impact the environment
three levels of convenience
Three Levels of Convenience
  • BASIC – canned, frozen, or dried foods with one or very few ingredients; instant potatoes, frozen juice concentrates, and canned vegetables.
  • COMPLEX – several ingredients with more time-saving processing; these often cost more than homemade- ready-to-use frosting, frozen waffles, and frozen entrees
  • MANUFACTURED- cannot be made at home, relatively expensive because of production technology—carbonated beverages, instant breakfast, and ready to-eat cereals
following label directions helps
Following Label Directions helps:
  • Ensure successful food preparation
  • Avoid frustration
  • Avoid wasting ingredients and money
  • Allows one to combine convenience with basic “fresh” ingredients for easier and quicker meal preparation
classification of label info
Classification of label info:
  • Yield
  • Ingredients plus amounts
  • Step-by-step directions
  • Temperature and time