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Healthier Cooking Methods for School Canteens and Early Learning Services

Healthier Cooking Methods for School Canteens and Early Learning Services

Below are some suggestions and tips for you to use to ensure the methods you use to cook are as healthy as they can be.

 

Baking

  • Oven baked foods (without adding fat) is preferable.
  • Replace butter in baking recipes with a vegetable oil, margarine or spread (spreads contain more water than butter or margarine, choose a variety which has 60% fat when substituting for butter).
  • Use fruit puree as a replacement for half the butter or margarine.
  • Use silicon sheets or baking paper.

Char Grill/Grill

  • Food is cooked under or over direct heat, with no flames.
  • Little or no fat is needed for successful grilling.

Panfrying/Stirfry

  • Spray the pan with an vegetable oil spray before placing the food in the pan.
  • Choose oils such as canola, cottonseed, olive or rice bran.

Frying

  • Deep fat frying is not recommended because it produces food which is especially high in energy.
  • Many products that were traditionally fried can be oven baked for a healthier product.
  • If you do deep fry please view the Best Practice Frying.

Roasting

  • Use a rack when roasting meat and lightly spray baking trays with a little vegetable oil when roasting vegetables. Dry roasting is the healthiest option.

Stews/Braises

  • Use lite coconut milk or coconut flavoured evaporated milk in place of coconut cream, use milk in place of cream and use low salt stocks.

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