Benefits of Artisan Foods
Modern and traditional food processing methods can be used in the processing of food products from the farms. Traditional food processing method is still common in most areas where skilled craftsmen are used in the processing of food products through a method known as artisanal food processing. Most of the food products that are made by use of hands by the food artisans includes cheese, bread, cured meat, preserved fruits, oils, beverages and vinegar. Artisan foods are processed with an aim of ensuring that consumers are able to get locally sourced food. Processing of locally produced foods creates market for the producers’ goods and also helps in improving the economy of the local area. Highly perishable goods such as fruits are well preserved increasing their shelf life by using the simple techniques of food processing and fermentation. Food processing through fermentation helps use the beneficial bacterial into producing consumer products with long shelf life such as wine and vinegar.
Making artisan foods usually takes a long period of time since all processes followed depends on hand processes making food to mature over time hence retaining their flavors. Artisan food usually have a high nutrition value since most nutrients are retain as they are being processed for a long period of time hence healthy for human consumption. Artisan food production is mainly just enough for the local area supply having little or no surplus amount to supply to other areas. Most artisan food is usually supplied to consumers in the farmers markets where most people visit to purchase food products. Supermarkets and fast food stores can also have artisan foods available to consumers in some regions.
Legislations as well as food processing safety precautions should be looked into when processing artisan foods to ensure safe consumption of foods. Food safety for consumption is first enhanced by ensuring that all craftsmen maintain proper personal hygiene. This helps in reducing contamination of food products such as washing hands, reducing food contact with bare hands, having protective clothing and ensuring general personal cleanliness. Working environment cleanliness is very important during food processing since it helps keep away disease-causing vectors that are likely to compromise the health quality of the artisan food. It is also important to ensure that there is proper management of waste that is being produced in the food processing areas hence ensuring food safety.
Most artisan food retain their flavors since they are not genetically modified hence good for consumers. Most artisanal foods are peaked locally from farms where production is mostly organic hence they have their flavors and also safe from pesticide residues. Local economies usually grow tremendously since there is flow of income between the producers, processors and consumers of local artisan foods.