Food technology

Food technology is about the tools, techniques for the creation and manipulation of food. Food typically starts with primary production as part of agriculture or wild plants and animals.

The term 'Food technology' usually refers more to the manipulation of food in terms of processing of food. For example the adding of different amounts of ingredients to produce a certain texture or flavour. It may also refer to processes of changing the form of food also. For example drying out fresh foods or preserving foods.

picture of Coffee beans roasted

Roasted coffee beans are an example of a food that has been processed through controlled drying and cooking. image: R.Conan-Davies

The control of fire for cooking of food is perhaps one of the first technologies developed for foods.

Food technology processes and activities including