Rusk County 4-Hers participate in food, nutrition workshop


Rusk County 4-Hers participated in the informational Rusk County 4-H County Food and Nutrition Workshop on Nov. 18.

The workshop provided information regarding the rules and guidelines of the various contests offered in the food and nutrition contest and provided a time for 4-Hers and parents to ask questions and learn more about the specifics of the county food show projects and the district and state level contests. The workshops covered food safety, the county food show, the specific contests in the Food and Nutrition Project category: Place Setting; Poster Contest; Agriculture Product Identification, Food Challenge, Food and Nutrition Quiz Bowl and allowed the 4-H’ers to form county teams for the specific contests.

Following the contest information section of the workshop, the 4-Hers participated in three learning activities which included learning about the internal cooking temperatures and how to calibrate a food thermometer. Each 4-Her calibrated their own food thermometer during the learning activity.

Additionally, they each learned how to prepare four different edible garnishes using lemons, limes, and bell pepper. And for the final workshop activity, the 4-Hers learned several different napkin folds which included the “Bird of Paradise,” “The Bishop's Hat” and “The Butterfly.”

The county food show is scheduled for December 2nd, and then additional food challenge practices are scheduled as the 4-H’ers prepare for district food challenge competition in February 2018, at Stephen F. Austin State University.


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