Resource Management - Food Preparation and cooking equipment


There are five distinct labels which can influence our choice of equipment, these are:

  • The CE mark
  • The British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB)
  • The BSI kitemark
  • The European union ecolabel
  • The EU energy label

The CE mark

  • EU introduced this mark to make trade easier and cheaper
  • Manufactors can meet legal requirements for health and safety
  • Indicates that appliance meets requirements of EU laws.


  • guarantee's products safety
  • given stamp when passed an electrical test.
  • Invented so consumer isnt exposed to hazards e.g. electrical shocks.
  • Mark of safety.

BSI kitemark

  • Guarantee's product has been tested for performance i.e safety
  • BSI is an independant organisation
  • Products are tested for: electrical safety, flammability, and strength.

European union ecolabel

  • Official award for products which can meet a high environmental standard.

EU energy label

  • Retailers must tell you about energy efficiency of many electrical appliances e.g. fridges.
  • uses a simple scale
  • Products rated from A-G; A= most efficient an item can be, G= least efficient an item can be- bad for environment.
  • Also displays other useful info


The following factors need to be considered by consumers before they purchase an item:

  • Price and money available- financial resources need to be looked at before they go buying appliances, shop around for best price.
  • Design- size, colour, shape, goodlooking, suitable weight, energy efficient, safe, stable, electrically stable.
  • Quality- consumers need to look at their budget, shop around and get the best qualityitem in their price range.
  • Fitness for purpose - consumers need to make sure that the appliance does what its actually meant to do.
  • Advertising and consumer trends - most people are persuaded by the popularity of the item.
  • Energy efficient- with the current trend to being environmentally friendly, important to look at energy efficient label aiming for A-C.


Microwave ovens

Used for heating, cooking, and defrosting food, and cooking frozen ready made meals.

Advantages of microwave ovens

  • has a turntable which means it needs less stopping and stirring, so other household tasks can be done.
  • can be plugged in anywhere
  • saves time and energy as they cook food quicker
  • saves washing up time as it might all be in one pot
  • easy to clean
  • flavours better due to better cooking time
  • food prep time is a lot quicker

Disadvantages of microwave ovens

  • can take up kitchen space
  • timing of cooking is important,as food can be overcooked.
  • doesnt brown or crisp meals.
  • high temps can cause foods with ghi sugar/ fat to combust
  • cold spots occur if not stirred properly
  • metal cant




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