Food Preparation and Handling
All food items served to patients/residents and clients are prepared in a central kitchen according to standardized recipes. Food items are prepared using methods and techniques that are designed to preserve maximum nutritive value,...
These are commonly used terms in food preparation.
Al dente: Meaning to cook until it gives a slight resistance when bitten—not overcooked or undercooked; meaning “tooth” in Italian
Au gratin: Describing a dish with a browned topping of bread crumbs and/or cheese; a French...
A nutrition staff member should deliver this in-service to the kitchen staff.
Many residents of long-term care facilities are admitted from the hospital on a renal diet. The renal diet is sometimes complicated, with many restrictions. Kitchen staff members...
Note: Before bringing a group to the supermarket, call the manager of the store and schedule a time to meet to discuss your presentation. During your meeting, explain the mutual benefits of bringing a group to the store. Also ask the manager if tour participants could...
A Nutrition Department staff member should deliver this in-service to dietary staff. During the in-service, the presenter should use scoops in different sizes to review correct portion sizes of today’s menu.
Americans are spending more money eating away from home than ever before. In fact, Americans now spend just about half of their food dollars at restaurants, up from only 25% in 1955, according to the National Restaurant Association. But research has shown that eating out...
An environment conducive to protecting the health and wellness of patients and employees through high levels of sanitation standards
Employees should know:
The following budget tips can help if you are involved with purchasing food and/or food service management.
Surcharges or minimum orders
If one of your vendors has a great price on one or two items that you need, ask if you will pay a surcharge for delivery or if you need a...
Some people believe that you should only eat fruits and vegetables in their raw state, but this is not true. While some foods become less nutritious with cooking, other nutrients actually will become easier to absorb. Here are some examples: