Self Paced 20-hour course to help you understand more about preserving food.
A course for home gardener and hobby farmers through to commercial food producers and processors. It expand your ability to get better value out of fruit, vegetables and other foods; reduce wastage, and diversify the products you can create from primary produce.
- Farmers can learn how to value add to the produce from their farm
- Families can learn how to store food safely, and to make pickles, jams, preserves and other food products
- Food retailers and restaurant staff will better understand how to handle the food they deal with, to improve the shelf life and quality of produce.
Learn to better understand canning/bottling, pickling, freezing, drying, and much more.
Our 20 hour courses are self paced and will help you understand a topic
in a short amount of time. You can work through the course when you
like- test yourself with mini-tests along the way. There are extra case
studies or research you can undertake if you would really like to get
into the topic. Once you have completed the lessons and self assessment
tasks, there is a final exam undertaken online- you can then download
your personalised certificate.
Course Content - What do you learn?
Lesson 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF FOOD PRESERVATION
Definition of food preservation
History of food preservation
Why do we preserve foods?
Overview of food preservation
Choosing a food preservation method
Lesson 2 HOW FOOD DETERIORATES AND BECOMES UNSAFE
Food Spoilage by Enzymes
Lesson 3 WAYS FOOD CAN BE PRESERVED
Food preservation - Use of Salt
Food preservation - Use of Acid
Food preservation - Use of Sugar
Other natural food preservatives – a summary
Lesson 4 FREEZING FOOD
Why freeze food?
History of freezing food
Which foods can be frozen?
How to freeze food
Freezing meat and poultry
Managing the freezer
General considerations when freezing food
Lesson 5 PICKLES, CHUTNEY AND SAUCES
Lesson 6 JAMS AND JELLIES
Lesson 7 CANN ING/BOTTLING FOODS
Preparation of Ingredients
Demystifying preserving kits
Lesson 8 DRYING FOOD
Drying methods for selected produce
General tips with drying foods - a summary
Lesson 9 FERMENTATION
Foods fermented by yeast
Foods fermented by bacteria
Lesson 10 OTHER FOOD PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES
Pasteurisation and sterilisation
Food packaging materials
Using the freshest produce
Lesson 11 USING PRESERVED FOODS
Starting a food preserving business
Deciding what to grow
How to set up your business
Lesson 12 GLOSSARY OF FOOD PRESERVATION TERMS AND TECHNIQUES
How does this course work?
You can enrol at any time.
Once you have paid for the course, you will be able to start straight away.
Study when and where you like. Work through at your own pace.
You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop to read offline.
There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end
of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish and
each time, upon completion, you can see your results. You will need
internet access to complete the self assessment tests.
At the end of the course, you are presented with a large assessment
which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime. If you achieve a 60%
pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of
completion with your name on it.