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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 • 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.
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.
• • • Examples of Convenience Foods Snacks Main Dishes Side Dishes Complete Meals All already prepared
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 • 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 • 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 timesaving 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: 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: • • Yield Ingredients plus amounts Step-by-step directions Temperature and time