Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals includes 51 video lessons that provide step by step demonstrations of basic culinary techniques. The video lessons feature chefs from the Culinary Institute of America. A professional uses the right culinary technique for the food that is to be prepared. Each of the lessons includes video demonstrations of one or more culinary techniques.

The demonstration shows a step-by-step way of preparing the food to meet quality standards. To be sure to understand each step of a new culinary technique, it may be desirable to watch the video lesson more than one time. Each video lesson is two to three minutes long. They can be viewed online in streaming video, or the WMV file can be downloaded to your computer to play at a later time. The video lessons have been incorporated into the Culinary Techniques online courses. They are also available on DVD from the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI); call for details.

Enjoy these lessons and more NFSMI videos posted on YouTube.

Introduction to Preparing Healthy School Meals

Preparing Fruits
Learn to improve the quality of, variety and appeal of fruit dishes in this culinary lesson.

Preparing Vegetables

Prepare Salads

Preparing Meats, Poultry, and Fish

Preparing Sandwiches

Preparing Dry Beans and Peas

 Preparing Pasta, Rice, and Grains

Preparing Soups

Preparing Dairy Products
Preparing Dairy Products Lesson

Cheese and cheese dishes are served as meat alternatives in school menus. Learn to prepare cheese dishes just-in-time for service to be at peak quality.

Preparing Eggs

Preparing Sauces

Preparing Cakes, Cookies, and Pastry

Preparing Yeast Breads

Preparing Quick Breads

Seasonings