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Advanced Diploma in Novel Technologies for Food Processing and Shelf Life Extension

This Free Course teaches you about quality and safety aspects of food processing technologies

Free Course
This free online Novel Technologies for Food Processing and Shelf Life Extension course, starts with food structure and changes occurring in food during processing. The course discusses novel and emerging technologies for processing and value addition of food You will learn about food products manufacture, preservation and shelf life extension of perishable foods will be studied.
  • Duration

    20-30 Hours
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This free online course will begin with novel approaches for processing and preservation of food. In the initial modules, the components of the food, food structure and the different reactions like gelatinization, protein denaturation etc., which influence both quality and safety of the food during processing handling and storage.

Next you will study novel methods of food processing like high pressure processing; membrane technology, irradiation, dielectric heating, supercritical fluid extraction. Learn about preserving food with freeze drying, extrusion technologies, microencapsulation, aseptic processing and packaging, hurdle technology. The processing of oil seeds, extraction, refining of the vegetable oils and their storage will also be discussed.

Next you will cover the most essential part of shelf life extension of grains, fruits and vegetables. Along with modified atmospheric packaging and controlled atmospheric storage, edible coatings for these food products. Quick methods for analysis of the grain storage infestation and other quality attributes in the fruits, vegetables, like hyper spectral imaging, FTIR, electronic nose etc.

Finally, you will learn about the manufacturing of a few commercially important health food products like high energy RTE food paste, RTC/RTD health foods and beverages, iron fortified rice, extruded snack food products and more.

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Introduction to Food Processing, Preservation and Quality

Changes During Food Processing

Processing Technologies

Irradiation, Radio Frequency and Microwave Heating

Freeze Drying and Food Extrusion Technology

Hurdle Technology Concept, Natural Antimicrobials, bacteriocins and freeze drying

Advanced Diploma in Novel Technologies for Food Processing and Shelf Life Extension - First Assessment

Extraction and Processing of Oil

Concept of Rancidity and Preparation of Oil Powder

Modified Atmospheric Packaging, Active Packaging and Edible Coating of Food and Vegetables

Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Food Grains; Ozone; Microwave Treatment for Disinfestation of Grains

Food Fortification

Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

Advanced Diploma in Novel Technologies for Food Processing and Shelf Life Extension - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the different factors influencing the quality of food during processing and storage.
  • Discuss the principles of food preservation and processing and the aim for any food preservation process.
  • Identify the principles and technological aspects of food irradiation.
  • Discuss the different equipment used for freeze drying of various foods.
  • Explain the functions of food antimicrobials.
  • Discuss the mechanical extraction of oil.
  • Discuss another aspect of food technology which is called food nanotechnology.
  • Identify the multi product controlled atmosphere or modified atmosphere storage unit.
  • Outline common mistakes causing grain spoilage.
  • Discuss functional foods and nutraceuticals.


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