Rapid Communication - Journal of Food Technology and Preservation (2023) Volume 7, Issue 4
Food technology of maintaining nutrients in frozen food.Maria Giannakourou*
Department of Food Science and Technology, University of West Attica, Egaleo, Greece
- *Corresponding Author:
- Maria Giannakourou
Department of Food Science and Technology
University of West Attica, Egaleo, Greece
Received: 29-Jun-2023, Manuscript No. AAFTP-23-106250; Editor assigned: 03-Jul-2023, PreQC No. AAFTP-23-106250 (PQ); Reviewed: 10-Jul-2023, QC No. AAFTP-23-106250; Revised: 21-July-2023, Manuscript No. AAFTP-23-106250 (R); Published: 26-July-2023, DOI:10.35841/2591-796X-7.4.188
Citation: Giannakourou M. Food technology of maintaining nutrients in frozen food. J Food Technol Pres 2023;7(4):188
Frozen food has revolutionized the way we eat, offering convenience, extended shelf life, and an abundance of culinary options. With hectic lifestyles and increasing demands on our time, frozen food provides a practical solution for busy individuals and families. In this article, we will delve into the world of frozen food, exploring its benefits, debunking common misconceptions, and shedding light on the industry's efforts towards sustainability. From nutritional value to culinary creativity, we will uncover the many facets of frozen food and why it has become an essential part of modern eating habits. A convenient solution- in our fastpaced world, convenience plays a pivotal role in our daily lives. Frozen food offers a hassle-free solution for meal preparation. Whether it's a quick dinner after a long day at work or a nutritious snack on-the-go, frozen food provides instant access to a variety of options. From frozen fruits and vegetables to ready-made meals and pre-portioned ingredients, the convenience factor cannot be overstated. With easy-to-follow cooking instructions and minimal prep work, frozen food saves time and effort in the kitchen, making it a popular choice for individuals and families alike .
Quality and nutrition- Contrary to popular belief, frozen food can be just as nutritious as fresh food, if not more. Thanks to rapid freezing techniques employed by the food industry, vital nutrients are locked in, preserving the nutritional value of the food. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness and frozen shortly after harvest, ensuring optimal nutrient retention. In contrast, fresh produce often undergoes lengthy transportation and storage, leading to nutrient degradation over time. Additionally, frozen food eliminates the need for preservatives since freezing itself acts as a natural preservative. This means that frozen meals can have fewer additives compared to their refrigerated counterparts. Many frozen food manufacturers have also made efforts to reduce sodium and incorporate healthier ingredients, catering to the growing demand for nutritious options. Extending shelf life and reducing food waste. One of the significant advantages of frozen food is its extended shelf life. Freezing suspends bacterial growth and enzymatic activity, allowing food to maintain its quality and freshness for a longer time. This not only reduces food waste but also provides flexibility in meal planning, as frozen items can be stored and consumed at a convenient time .
Furthermore, frozen food plays a crucial role in combating food waste on a larger scale. By freezing excess produce or prepared meals, food manufacturers and suppliers can minimize spoilage and redistribute surplus food to areas with high demand, ultimately contributing to a more sustainable food system. Culinary creativity and global cuisine. Frozen food opens up a world of culinary possibilities. From international cuisine to gourmet ingredients, the frozen food aisle offers an array of options that were once difficult to access. Frozen seafood, for instance, allows seafood lovers to enjoy fresh and high-quality products, regardless of their proximity to coastal areas. Similarly, frozen herbs, spices, and exotic fruits enable cooks to experiment with flavors and expand their culinary repertoire. Moreover, frozen food enables seasonal ingredients to be enjoyed year-round. Frozen berries in winter or frozen pumpkin puree in the summer are examples of how frozen food allows us to savor the flavors of different seasons, even when they are out of their natural harvest time .
Sustainability efforts in the frozen food industry- As the demand for sustainable food practices grows, the frozen food industry has been proactive in implementing environmentally friendly measures. Many manufacturers are investing in ecofriendly packaging, using recyclable materials and reducing plastic waste. They are also exploring energy-efficient freezing technologies to minimize their carbon footprint. Furthermore, frozen food can contribute to reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions. By extending the shelf life of perishable goods, it helps prevent food waste and the associated emissions from production, transportation, and disposal. Consumers can also play their part by properly storing and utilizing frozen food, reducing personal food waste. The frozen food industry has come a long way, evolving from simple frozen vegetables to a diverse range of high-quality products. With its convenience, nutritional benefits, extended shelf life, and sustainability efforts, frozen food continues to shape our modern eating habits, offering a practical and reliable solution for our fastpaced lives [4,5].
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