Mini Project 2 - Processing Techniques & Packaging

Design Brief

Design and make a ready meal product that incorporates at least one of the following “home food processing techniques” which could then be applied in a batch production process. You also need to design a suitable package for the product, which includes all the legal labeling requirements.
Home food processing techniques:

  • Moist: boiling, poaching, steaming, stewing, braising
  • Dry: baking, roasting, grilling,
  • Other: frying, microwave
  • Other processing methods: shaping & forming, piping

Design Situation






Specifications

1. The product must include at least one home food processing technique
2. The product must be suitable for batch production
3. The product must be a main meal suitable for sale as a ready meal
4. The package for the product must include all the legal labeling requirements
5. Materials for the packaging must be suitable for the product being produced
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Week 1

Research

Carry out research on each of the home food processing techniques above (total one A3 page).
Use the downloadable sheet below as a template for you research.



Homework: Complete the above

Week 2

Design ideas

Design two ideas for a suitable product. Use recipe books and/or the internet to find ideas for recipes that could then be modified to develop into your own ideas (total 1-2 A3 pages)Your designs must include:

  • Sketches & annotation
  • Ingredients listed
  • Basic methods used must be outlined in the annotation.
Homework: Complete the above use the following link to help you and don't forget the focus for the spider diagram is Home Food Processing Techniques:
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Week 3 -

Planning

Choose one idea and complete the following (total one A3 page):
  • Timeplan
  • List of ingredients and equipment
  • Nutrition label (we will do this task in lesson 5/6)
  • Food order
Homework: Complete the above

Week 4

Practical


Task
Take photos of your product so you can show and identify the methods you have used.



Homework:
Using an A3 sheet printed before next lesson you will complete the following tasks:
  • Using the photos you have taken and provided above write about the methods you have used to produce your product.
  • Which ready made ingredients did you use or could you have used?
  • Explain how the product you have chosen could be manufactured in batch.
  • How would you product be sold if batch produced?For example: type of storage, packaging, reheating/cooking instructions, etc.
  • How much would you product cost:- cost of ingredients?
  • Carry out a sensory analysis, you are looking at taste, texture, appearance & smell, ask the opinions of anybody else who tries your product and make a record. (for more information look at your text book page 46-47 and check out this site http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk

Week 5
& 6

Labelling

Labelling information is a legal requirement to inform customers about the food they are buying.


Starter: Look at a range of food packages, identify the key information that is on the package.

Task: Design a suitable package for the product you have made. It must include all the legal labeling requirements for consumers listed below and include a nutrition label using the Nutrition Program. You also need to state suitable materials that could be used to package your food product in.

Legal information for consumers:
  • Name of the food (& description if product name does not make is clear)
  • Any special treatment/processing e.g. smoked
  • Ingredients (in descending order)
  • Additives
  • Instructions for use, cooking, storage
  • Date mark/ best before date
  • Net weight
  • Name & address of manufacturer
  • Place of origin
  • Special claims: allergies, nutritional (if stated a nutrition label must be included), organic
  • Processing & treatments

Additional information for consumers:
  • nutrition panel (needs to be shown only if a nutritional claim is made e.g. low in fat)
  • serving suggestion
  • average portions
  • opening instructions
  • environmental issues, including disposal of waste
  • additional claims e.g. free from MSG, links to dietary guidelines

Information for retailers and manufacturer:
  • bar codes
  • batch numbers
  • best before, use by and display until

Homework:
Complete sketched package design ideas

Nutrients


Here is a nutrients calculator for you to download for free: http://www.brothersoft.com/nutrition-calculator-215365.html

Homework:
Complete all your sheets for this mini project and have them printed out for submission at the beginning of next lesson.
Check the table below:

Sheet

Description

Size

Completed
1

Research sheet, include design situation and specifications

A3


2

Processing techniques - information/research sheet

A3


3

Design sheet- with illustrations

A3


4

Planning sheet - time, equipment, health & safety

A3


5

Evaluation sheet - practical, photos, taste testing

A3


6

Packaging design - including all legal requirements

A3


7

Nutrient Label for your product

A4


















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