Equipment for NEA 1 Food Investigations

My list of essential equipment for investigations – things I have used for my experiments for NEA 1 Food Invesigations 10 Tasks.

Digital scales – you need accurate measurements for testing recipes

Digital scales

Food probe  – use to test setting temperatures of egg mixtures, sauce thickening temperatures and cooking temperature.

 

Nutrition Program! use to find the nutritional value of flours, sugars, beans, … to help you make choices for foods to investigate.

Digital camera – use your phone

Use phone to capture images

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NEA 1 Food Investigations 10 Tasks

Star profile

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Tasting word bank

The Nutrition Program has a Tasting word bank which you can use for sensory evaluation for NEA 1 and NEA 2 and make a Star Profile.

Find words for

  • Taste, flavour and smell

    Tasting word bank in Nutrition Program

  • Appearance
  • Nutrition

Just click the words you want to use and add them to Descriptors for your Recipe.

This example shows how to make a Star Profile for a Fruit salad.

Choose the tasting words – the sensory descriptors – you want to use and give them a Rating mark.

So Fruit salad should be

  • colourful 5/5
  • crunchy 4/5
  • sweet 4/5
  • healthy 5/5
  • attractive 5/5

The Nutrition Program draws the Star for you. Download as JPG

Now add a Taster (Jenny in this example) to taste your fruit salad and get them to score their results.

Now you can Evaluate the results of the fruit salad and see if it needs improving.

Just fill in the spaces for Evaluation.

Download the JPG to present in your work.

You can annotate the Star with more comments.

The final Star Profile compares the results of fats in pastry to see how they taste. You can add several types of pastry to the star to compare results and annotate.

Star profile fruit salad

Star profile with Evaluation filled in

Star profile with completed tasting and Evaluation.

Star Profile with annotation

Star profile for fats in pastry with evaluation

Star profile of fats in pastry with annotation.

Revision Questions for Food Preparation and Nutrition AQA Spec by Jenny Ridgwell

100 Quick Multichoice Questions with Answers for starter and active learning revision. Questions link to the exam board specification written by Jenny Ridgwell
Plus Sample paper for GCSE AQA
100 multichoice questions
Answers to questions
Self Assessment Mark Scheme

Revision Questions AQA

Plan a menu

For Hospitality and Catering students here are a few tips on menu planning.

Choose foods with different colours and textures for an appetising choice.

Serve food when it is in season – like fresh salad in summertime.


Dan Gold

Present food attractively using interesting dishes and unusual garnishes and decorations.

Make healthy choices and avoid serving too much fried food or dishes which are high calorie.


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What age group is eating your menu? Think about portion sizes and dietary choices.

Taylor Kiser

Using Nutrition Program for AQA Eduqas OCR Food Preparation and Nutrition

Download for free the 3 resources for Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE

We’ve written 3 resources for each exam board to show how to use the Nutrition Program for

Food Investigation NEA  Task 1

Food Preparation NEA Task 2

Teaching the subject content.