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Learn how to preserve food and minimise waste with our cooking courses in Sydney.

Did you know that dehydrating is the oldest method of food preservation? Dried fruits, herbs, spices, teas, vegetable chips, and soup mixes are all made using this very old technique. These can now be easily made at home for a fraction of the shop bought price. This is especially so if you grow your own food! Are you sick of food waste? Do you want to do something creative with the food that would otherwise go in the bin? 

This course teaches you how to safely dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and meat for daily use and for long-term food storage. We help you to understand the factors that cause food to deteriorate and then understand the ways foods can be treated, preserved and stored. You'll learn about the environmental conditions (eg: temperature, moisture content, etc.), the different methods for preparing food for storage and some creative ways to make nutritious meals from your handy-work. If you're looking for a sustainable way to save money and experiment with your produce then this course is for you!

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Learn which which dehydrator bests suits your needs
  • Learn how to dehydrate fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and veggies - and meat
  • Understand the technique used on starchy fruits and vegetables
  • Decide what size oxygen absorber to use in different size storage pouches and containers
  • Store dehydrated food in mason jars, pouches, bins, or buckets
  • Safely re-hydrate your dehydrated food for everyday use

Ideal for

Food preservation is something that should be understood by anyone who handles food; whether for their own use, or on a commercial basis.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Introduction

  • Definition of food preservation
  • Why do we preserve foods?
  • Choosing a food preservation method

Lesson 2: Food Waste & Spoilage

  • Food spoilage
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Spoilage by Enzymes
  • Food-borne Disease
  • Food-borne Infections

Lesson 3: Ways and Methods of Preservation

  • Food preservatives
  • Use of Salt
  • Use of Acid
  • Use of Sugar
  • Other natural food preservatives – a summary
  • Artificial preservatives

Lesson 4: Freezing Food

  • Why freeze food?
  • Which foods can be frozen?
  • How to freeze food
  • Freezing fruits
  • Freezing vegetables
  • Freezing meat and poultry
  • Managing the freezer
  • General considerations when freezing food

Lesson 5: Canning & Bottling Foods

  • Bottling
  • Preparation of Ingredients
  • Bottling methods
  • Recipe
  • Demystifying preserving kits

Lesson 6: Drying Food

  • Drying methods for selected produce
  • General tips with drying foods - a summary

Lesson 7 - Alternative Food Preservation Techniques

  • Smoking food
  • Pasteurisation and sterilisation
  • Sterilisation
  • Food irradiation
  • Vacuum packing
  • Food packaging materials
  • Using the freshest produce

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Food Preservation - Dehydration, Canning & Storage

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Food Preservation - Dehydration, Canning & Storage

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