Discuss About The Best Types Of Packaging For Freezing Food?
As people are busy in their workplace, they do not have sufficient time to prepare a healthy meal daily. To prepare food faster, there are lot of options available in the world. Though placing the orders for food items is a faster way to get food easily, cooking the preserved food items is another way which is acceptable by most of the people. But, other perspective though it saves cooking time, it does not help to lead a healthy life. As the technology is advancing in all the fields, the frozen technology is also becoming a greater method and technique that is in demand ("Frozen foods: Healthy or unhealthy? | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis", 2017). In point of view, the health properties of the frozen meals such as meats, desserts, parathas and fries are questionable. Because, the ingredients in the frozen food are not same as fresh food items. It has dangerous fats, hydrogenated palm oil and huge amount of sodium content. According to the statement of the researchers and nutritionists, the frozen food don’t have proteins and nutrition as in the freshly prepared meals ("Yes, frozen food IS nutritious, experts insist", 2017). Hence, it is a major concern for analyzing the pros and cons of the frozen food items, which can be knowledgeable for the people and benefit them.
The main objective of this project is to research about the frozen food items and then the need to provide an informed critique.
- The infrastructure that supports the food product to be acceptable will be analyzed.
- The fitness quotient of frozen food and how well it provides convenience to the people will be discussed.
- The health issues and limitations related to the frozen food items will be analyzed and studied, to know how this product is better and efficient.
- The requirement specification and technologies used for preparing the frozen food items will be provided in detail. The decision will be taken according to the analysis of critique on the frozen meals.
The frozen food is a type of food that is freezed for preserving its nutrients with a special technique. The frozen foods are basically packed in containers. Frozen foods includes chicken, pizzas, vegetables and much more. Some frozen foods does not require preservatives. To preserve the frozen foods, two processes like cryogenic and mechanical processes are used. The mechanical process of freezing the food is very important in preserving the frozen food’s texture and quality. It maintains the cellular structure. The cryogenic process of freezing the food is the easy freezing technology ("Frozen vs. Fresh? Which Vegetables Are Best", 2017).
The frozen products does not require any preservatives, because it consists of microorganisms. The microorganisms does not grow the food temperature. The basic temperature of frozen food is -9.5 degree celsius and it is useful for preventing the food spoilage. The Frozen food product uses carboxyl methylcellulose, because it has odorless and tasteless stabilizers. Moreover, it does not reduce the quality of the frozen food.
The frozen food uses some freezing technology in the frozen food market. It provides faster development and efficient. One of the freezing technology is mechanical freezers. It is basically used in food industry. Function of mechanical freezer is circulating the refrigerant heat from the food product and the heat is transmitted into air. Refrigerant contains high pressure and it is directly linked to an evaporator. Another freezing technology is cryogenic freezers. It is the recent development in the food industry and it is used by the leading food manufacturers. It uses low temperature gases such as solid carbon dioxide and liquid nitrogen. These gases are directly applied to the frozen food product (Foods, 2017).
The frozen food packaging is maintained by the machines like thawing, freezing, storage, filling, cooking and transportation. Most of the frozen foods are cooked by using the microwave oven. For packaging of the frozen foods, various options like pouches, carton, bags, boil in bags, pans, plastics and boxes are used. It helps in extending the shelf life of the food and maintains the safety of frozen food. The frozen food contains high calories and high fat. Hence, it increases heart diseases and cancer. Some frozen foods provide good healthy life like frozen fruits and vegetables.
Freshly Prepared Meal
The freshly prepared food is home-made food and it gives long shelf-life. It saves time and health. It avoids the food sensitivities and allergies. The freshly prepared foods are basically much cheaper compared to frozen foods. The frozen foods contain high sugar, fat and salt. But, fresh prepared foods contain low sugar, salt and fat because, the cook is aware of how much amount goes in their recipe (Erin Coleman, 2017). The freshly prepared foods contain high nutrients, hydration, enzymes and healthy fats. The fresh meals generally provide large quantities of fruits and vegetables, which has large amount of water content and it is important for cellular health. The fresh foods are prepared by using the enzymes and it is helpful for nutrient absorption while digestion ("Why fresh food is better than frozen", 2017).
Nowadays, people are demanding running for quick fixes for all situations. It is also applicable for cooking process. They don’t have much time to make nutritional food. Most of the working people like the concept of frozen foods, fruits and vegetables. Because, it is quick and convenient to prepare ("Myth or Fact: Fresh Produce Is More Nutritious Than Frozen Produce / Nutrition / Healthy Eating", 2017).
Fitness and Health Issues
The frozen foods are processed foods. Because it is stored at lower temperature. In order to increase the shelf-life of the frozen food and suppresses from decomposition. Thus, this type of processed foods are unhealthy for the human body. These frozen foods introduces fat, sugar and causes health risks to people. However, it also decreases its nutritional value and hence it is unhealthy. By using frozen food, many health issues are attracted to the human body, such as heart disease, cancer and even it destroys and damages the cells of the human body (sudipa & Seaman, 2017).
The frozen foods are always fresh because, it is processed by using the starch. This starch is included for the food to achieve the taste and maintain structure of the food. It is generally called as glucose. Basically, the human body can convert glucose into sugar before the digestion process completes. So glucose is very important for human body. Often excess amount of glucose causes many health issues. It introduces damage to human tissues (C & C, 2017).
This is the most important health issue related to frozen foods. It mainly generates trans-fats to the body, which gives results in heart disease. Some frozen food contain more amount of salt, which can increase the human cholesterol levels along with the blood pressure.
These foods have more amount of preservatives that may impact of the people’s health leading to critical situation. Because, this food contains more salt and sugar so this leads to blood pressure negatively, such as hypertension. Therefore, these are the major side effects of this frozen food consumption. It looks like delicious and convenient to the cook. All of these factors make the frozen food more risky for the human body ("What is "Fresh Frozen" Food? - CulinaryLore.com", 2017).
Negative Side of Frozen Meals
The frozen meals can be convenient but, it has poor nutrition. The Negative sides of Frozen foods are listed below:
- Calories and Fat
The frozen foods contain high fat leading to high calories. For example, one cup of frozen chicken contains more than 600 calories, so it has very high fat content (K, 2017).
- Diet-Unfriendly Fare
The diet frozen foods are helpful for proper nutrition and weight loss. The diet conscious people must use less than 300 calories per day, as suggested by Dietitian Karen Collins (Karen Collins, 2017). The reports state that it contains less nutritional balance.
- Choosing Wisely
The frozen foods are not off-limits, so it requires regular check of nutrition levels, as suggested by the American diabetes association. Thus, choose frozen foods with less than 400 calories and use less saturated fat. Because, it leads to heart disease.
- Sodium Overload
The frozen foods contain very high sodium, which can cause blood pressure and it is linked to stroke and heart disease. Thus, use less than 2000 milligram of sodium per day as suggested by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.
- Avoiding the cheese sauce based frozen foods because it consists of high fat and calories.
- To carefully check the frozen food labels ("Frozen Foods: How Healthy are they?", 2017).
- The frozen meals are mostly vegetarian.
- It consists of high fat, calories and cholesterol contents.
- It provides detailed and correct nutritional information.
- The frozen foods contain time limits like the poultry has 6 to 9 months, vegetables has 8 to 12 months, ground meat has 3 to 4 months, processed or cured meat has 1 to 2 months and fish has 3 to 6 months ("Time Limits for Frozen Food", 2017).
- Sometimes cooking time will be increased for baking and thawing.
- Lacks freshness in vegetables and fruits.
Packaging Type and Disposal- Frozen Meal
The modern frozen food packaging uses several methods for quick freezing. It is packaged using various materials and advanced technologies. The types of frozen food packaging are:
- Plastics Boxes
- Zip-top freezer bags
- Aluminum pans
- Vacuum Sealer
- Glass bowls, jars and pans
One of main food packaging material is plastics. It leads to less food wastage by preserving the fresh flavors and significantly extends the shelf life ("Plastic Packaging for Frozen Food Yields Less Waste", 2017). It also reduces food spoilage. If lightweight and thin plastic packaging is used, it helps with less packaging waste and preserves its freshness. The wrap food packaging is used to insulate the food from the cold air. This packaging is useful for bread and meat or fish. The zip-top freezer bags are useful for short time usage and it saves more space. The aluminum pans are super convenient and it easily assembles and wraps the frozen foods. The glass jars and bowls is used to maintain good condition for a longer duration. The vacuum sealer is the best method for extending the shelf-life packaging of such food and it eliminates the condensation risks. It is an excellent method for packaging the frozen food ("The Best Types of Packaging for Freezing Food", 2017). Some frozen foods require packaging machines and labor, reliability, technical and management maintenance. Types of packaging machines are listed below:
- Vacuum packaging machines
- Wrapping machines
- Check weighing machines and more.
Freezing is one of the most widely used technique for the purpose of food preservation. This method is very useful. Because it does not change the taste and structure of the food. It keeps the food in good nutritional value when compared to any other technique. So, the frozen food also has high quality raw ingredients. Thus, this frozen food has good impact on food industry (Dr. Mary Jane Brown, 2017).
Critiques on Taking Decision
The frozen food are good when compared to stored food, because the stored foods are unhealthy to the human body. It produces many health issues when compared to frozen food. Frozen food packaging is very good and hygienic (Bhattacharya, Langstaff & Berzonsky, 2003). Packaging is done by the machine that follows filling, freezing, transportation and cooking, which is also wholly done by the machines. Frozen foods are basically cooked in the microwave oven.
Why frozen foods are important?
The frozen foods has many benefits that most of the people prefer it. It includes,
- Basically, frozen food do not require any added preservatives in order to keep the food in a safe mode. It is a natural form of preservation (Fulgoni, Comerford & Krumhar, 2014).
- It is more convenient, because frozen materials are easy to cook and serve.
- Frozen foods are easily available because, they are never out of season and can make use of it anytime.
- It achieves both the quality and consistency. Thus, it always has high standards of quality.
- Frozen vegetables and fruits are more reliable and fresh. It is fast convenient and available. It freezes the vitamins at the point of harvest.
- It has high nutritional values, thus it can maintain your diet in a good level. Moreover, watch out for the sodium content level in the frozen food. By checking this sodium level, you can avoid eating additives. It helps people to stay away from the health risks ("Create Your Own Frozen Dinners", 2017).
Frozen foods are mostly liked by the working people because, they don’t have more time to prepare food using raw veggies and other ingredients. By using frozen food materials, people can cook tasty food quickly. So, they always prefer frozen food. By making use of frozen materials people can also save extra money. It is easily available in the market. Most of the working people who stay in hostels love it. They always rely on frozen foods to prepare meals quickly. It always keeps its nutritional value in stable and projectable market price ("Why Frozen Foods? | National Frozen Foods", 2017).
To analyze the overall marketing mix 4Ps referring the price, product, place and production must be analyzed. These mixes influences the consumer DM process of the frozen foods. So this analyses helps the consumer to buy healthy product.
In comparison of fresh foods with frozen foods, fresh vegetables and fruits are the healthiest food that can be consumed. It has vitamins, antioxidants, minerals which improves the health of the human body. These fruits and vegetables help to protect against the disease. But, the fresh foods are not always available and the frozen varieties are always convenient and they are used as an alternative for the fresh foods. However, the nutritive value of the frozen food is low while compared with the fresh foods. But, the frozen foods and vegetables are healthy and they have more vitamins and cancer fighting antioxidants (Dillner, 2017).
It is recommended to improve the diet plan options and reduce the risk of food poisoning. Nowadays, the frozen meal is growing to be popular among people. More number of respondents for the frozen meal were among the professionals and the middle aged house wives. The respondents and the frequent users of the frozen meals are hardly aware of the causes of consuming frozen meals, thus misleads the consumers ("Frozen foods: Healthy or unhealthy? | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis", 2017).
There are about more number of techniques for freezing the food items. According to the observation made, the fact is that, the frozen food can be kept in the storage for longer duration than the fresh food items. This is one of the reason for the people to prefer more frozen food items. The second close reason is that, the frozen meals are more convenient. The frozen meals have become the part of people’s life. But, the frozen fruits and vegetables have more nutrition content than the normal fruits and vegetables. The frozen meals can be taken as an alternative for the fresh meals. They are healthier as they have more nutrient content. It is good to buy frozen fruits and vegetables and it is also recommended for more nutrients.
Fruits and vegetables which enriches the health of the people. These are affordable and are good for gaining nutrients, vitamins for a healthy living. The most important benefit is that, the people can get rid of health issues. In order to be safe and lead a healthy life, decreasing the intake of unhealthy food is necessary. Definitely, it does makes improvements and assures in improving the people’s health ("Fresh vs frozen food: Which is best?", 2017).
The frozen food is precooked and it don’t require any preparation. It just requires to be heated and is ready to consume. Consuming frozen food is based on the personal health choices. The benefit of frozen foods is, that it reduces the possibility of undercooking and cooking time. It also possess certain risks in preservation and freezing methods of the food. To make the frozen food healthy, it is better to serve it with fruits and vegetables or salad. It is good to avoid buying the frozen food which contains cheese sauce. Because, it has high calories and saturated fats. The frozen foods which are packed in syrup should be avoided and it is important to check the food labels to avoid consuming sodium, which is more than 600mg. Fresh fruits and vegetables are picked before they get ripped. But, they give all the minerals, vitamins and natural antioxidants. But, the frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of their ripeness and they contain more nutrition. Frozen fruits contain more Vitamin C. Freshly picked vegetables and fruits are directly taken from the garden and they have high quality. The frozen fruits and vegetables which are shopped from the super market might be equivalent to the fresh food, and in some cases they might have more nutrition when compared to fresh foods. Frozen food and vegetables are cost effective and they are also convenient to use. It is also best to choose the mix of fresh and frozen foods to get best nutrients. Fresh food is not always better than the frozen food, because it is based on the quality of the product. When the organic fruits and vegetables are not available then the frozen organic food is the better alternative, moreover they are inexpensive. When it is hard to have the availability of fresh products, then frozen food varieties is a good alternative. The packaging and disposal process of the frozen meal are also analyzed.
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