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

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.

This video shows how to do it

Sensory analysis video

Portion sizes for NEA 2

You must show how your choice of dishes has the right portion control. But how do you know?

An average man needs 2,500kcal a day for a healthy body weight.
An average woman needs 2,000kcal a day for a healthy body weight.

Our video link shows how to use The Nutrition Program for portion sizes

How to find a portion size

Exam board NEA 2 marking statements

Planning  – Accurate portion control was evident Eduqas

Accurate and excellent knowledge of nutrition is demonstrated AQA  – need to have portion sizes to do this

Presenting – Demonstrates excellent portion control OCR 

You can check the portion size for meat, fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables on BUPA website

It’s a good idea to check out portion sizes of your favourite dishes using supermarket ready meals.

Sainsbury’s Ready Meals (Be good to yourself) give clues and their site shows portions.

How many portions does crumble serve?

What about the puddings?

So for your GCSE Food Preparation Assessment choose

Main course 350-400kcal portions – don’t forget you may serve with rice and vegetables

Desserts about 300kcal and portion 60-100g

Nadiya Hussain’s Pear and Blackberry crumble recipe which serves 4.

Each portion provides 856kcals – the average supermarket dessert provides 200-300kcal.

If portion serving were increased to 8 then the portion is reduced to 428kcal which is a healthier option.

Tips for NEA 2 – Food Styling

Presenting dishes for NEA 2

Presentation skills are essential for the final dishes for NEA 2.

When I photographed my dishes that I tested for Food Preparation Assessment NEA 2, they needed great improvement.

lasagne2

Vegetarian lasagne – very poor presentation needs garnishing

chicken pie

Chicken pie with flaky pastry needs some garnish and serving ideas

whisked sponge

Whisked sponge layered with whipped cream and fruit

This is my Pinterest Food styling NEA 2 board link

Food teachers – get your students to research how to style food for presentations and search for their dishes.

pinterest

My Pinterest Food Styling board

Visit my website for recipes http://www.jennyridgwell.co.uk

 

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.