Food Science at home

Learn how to read the information on your food packaging, including the meaning of Best-Before vs Use-By dates and the importance of reducing food waste.

This activity will teach the following key skills:

  • Problem Solving
  • Independent Learning

This is suitable for all ages, and ties into Food Technology through food health and information on the packaging. It also covers areas of geography through the issue of food waste.

When you’ve watched the videos, why not design your own packaging for food item of your choice and email it to us for a chance to be featured on our social media.

These videos and resources produced by the National Centre for Biotechnology Education. The NCBE is based on the University of Reading campus and provide scientific resources and practical kits to schools.

We support teachers and technicians in providing hands on practical activities to their students for microbiology and biology topics.

Can I Really Eat out of Date Food?

Look at the topical subject of food waste and go on a treasure hunt in their kitchen to find foods with a use by or best before date, or no date at all.

What’s on My Food Packaging?

Explores all the information on food packaging: get a piece of food packaging and try to work out what the important information is. By the end of the video, you will be able to read all the info on food packaging like a pro!