Convenience Foods • Foods that have been either partially or completely prepared commercially. • Canned • Frozen • Cured • Dried • Freeze Dried
Why use convenience foods? • Inexperienced cooks can quickly prepare tasty, nutritious meals with confidence.
Advantages of Using Convenience Foods • Saves time and energy • Shorter meal preparation leads to families eating at home more often. • Foods are sold year round • An inexpensive way to add variety and creativity • Many products have suggestions for “light” preparation methods to reduce fat, calories, etc.
Disadvantages of Using Convenience Foods • Higher costs than homemade or semi-homemade • Some nutrients are lost during processing • Products may contain higher amounts of fat,sugar,sodium, and calories • Products may contain additives-preservatives, coloring, etc. • Products may lack appeal of foods prepared at home. • Packaging may negatively impact the environment.
Semi-Homemade Cooking- Food that is part homemade and part convenience • Video: Chili & Cornbread • Pillsbury Bake-Off 2010 – YouTube • Pillsbury Bake-Off : Every Recipe Has A Story on Vimeo