4-H Cooking 101 open to third-, fourth-graders

COOKING CLASS: Jadyn Herzog (left) and Brooke Rasmussen (right) participate in a previous 4-H cooking class. The next session of 4-H Cooking 101 begins Monday, June 12. (Courtesy photo)

COOKING CLASS: Jadyn Herzog (left) and Brooke Rasmussen (right) participate in a previous 4-H cooking class. The next session of 4-H Cooking 101 begins Monday, June 12. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — While third- and fourth-graders aren’t expected to be three-star chefs, a local class will help them learn the basics of cooking.

4-H Cooking 101 will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16, at St. Peter’s Lutheran School, 408 W. Bellevue St., Big Rapids. The class provides children with basic food preparation skills, including safety and sanitation practices in the kitchen.

“There are several cooking classes in 4-H and this is the most basic,” said Serena Johnson, an intern with the Michigan State University Extension Mecosta County office. “It goes through the basic steps and is really hands-on.”

Participants need not be 4-H members to sign up, Johnson noted. Any third- or fourth-grader who wishes to learn about cooking can attend.

Students will learn food safety, knife safety and basic kitchen safety; how to follow a recipe and use an oven; how to prepare fruits and vegetables; and how to use small kitchen appliances.

“When they get done, they could be a good sous chef for a parent or other adult,” Johnson said.

CULINARY SKILLS: (Clockwise from top left) Jadyn Herzog, Brooke Rasmussen, Hunter Davis and Coy Hall participate in a previous 4-H Cooking 101 class. The next class begins June 12. (Courtesy photo)

CULINARY SKILLS: (Clockwise from top left) Jadyn Herzog, Brooke Rasmussen, Hunter Davis and Coy Hall participate in a previous 4-H Cooking 101 class. The next class begins June 12. (Courtesy photo)

Each class will open with a physical activity before moving on to a short lecture and then the hands-on skills portion of instruction. Clean-up will wrap up each session.

“All the food they make, they get to taste and take home,” Johnson said. “Each kid will get a cooking kit, which has measuring utensils and a carry-home container.”

Class sizes usually range from 12 to 15 pupils, but if more children are interested, there are ways to accomodate more people, she added. Either a second session of the class will be planned later in the summer or the large group will be broken into smaller groups which rotate between stations.

The cooking class doesn’t have to be the end of students’ experiences in the kitchen, either.

“There is a 4-H cooking club, so there’s the potential for kids who enjoy the class to continue on with the cooking club if they’d like,” Johnson said.

The club is open to children ages 8 to 15.

There is a fee covering the cost of supplies for the class, which is $25 for 4-H members and $35 for non-members.

For more information, call the MSU Extension office at (231) 592-0792.

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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