Food processing is basically making use of raw materials and raw food in order to make food that is edible and so there are different types of food processing nowadays. In the world of today, food processing is easier than it ever has been in the past. While the main focus in the past was upon natural foods, today we are able to eat different types of snacks and foods due to different types of food processing and it is because of this that we get to enjoy so many snacks and foods.
Heat treatment is one of the various types of food processing where, as the name suggests, the food is heated to different degrees to be able to come up with foods of different sorts and tastes. These types of foods are also easily crushed and can be salted easily too. Have you ever had roasted nuts? If yes, you would know that these foods taste different from the nuts prior to heat treatment, obviously, but when you eat them you’d notice that they become crunchier and have a different taste to them. That is because of the heat treatment that these have been subjected to.
Another of the many types of food processing involves canning the foods. The thing about canning is that the can itself protects the food inside the can from perishing due to climatic conditions which would be a big problem without the can. The foods are canned with fluids that help preserve the food inside. If you’ve had sardines or tuna in the past you would know of the fact that these types of food processing are beneficial because of how long they can protect food for. Often fruits and juices are stored in cans for consumption later on.
Then there are those types of food processing which you would have in your cupboard and/or kitchen so that when guests come over you could serve these foods to them. Generally one tends to munch on these types of food during exams too. These types of food processing also tend to lead to the production of foods that are convenient to produce and eat because of which they are also known as convenience food. Crisps, biscuits, wafers and such like are also examples of the foods produced via these types of food processing too.
There are also those types of food processing where the food is dehydrated so that they can be added to certain types of dishes and foods. By way of example, red chili is often heated and powdered for consumption at homes and in restaurants after they are made in powdered form.
These are just some of the many types of food processing though there are so many others out there that you may not have realized. Even jams and pickles are products that are made due to types of food processing. Without food processing it wouldn’t be possible to make a lot of different kinds of foods that are available to us nowadays.