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Reduce Food Waste over the Holidays

The holiday eating season is upon us – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Food will be all around us – from the candy bins at the grocery store, to the New Year’s Day peas we have to eat. With all the food around us, there is also going to be a lot of food that ends up in the trash as food waste.

To avoid food waste:

Buy what you need & know what is in your refrigerator
Know how many are coming to your holiday meals so you can plan for the number of people that will be there. Think back to the amount of food you threw out the previous holiday season and do not make the same mistake. Sit down and write out grocery lists from meal plans. Look through your pantry and fridge to make sure you have checked off the items you have at home. Make sure those ‘once a year’ use items have not passed their use by dates.

Woman removing bottle from refrigerator in kitchen at home
Check the refrigerator for recipe items before putting items on your grocery shopping list
Smiling woman writing in notepad at grocery section of supermarket
Shop with a grocery list based on meal plans you have for Holiday meals

Eat your Leftovers
Refrigerate the leftovers as soon as you can. Know which leftovers can be repurposed in another recipe or those leftovers that can be served again. Follow good food safety practices and do not leave leftovers on the counter.

Reduce Portion Sizes
Serve food in plates of smaller size, by doing that you will not fill up your plate with more food than you can eat. Do not serve food family style or buffet style – serve it plated and serve it gradually. People will fill up and potentially eat less. Serve leftovers at another time, or repurpose them in another recipe.

Adding salad to a friend's plate at lunch
Place the food on the plate before serving – this manages portions and minimizes food waste

It takes planning to reduce food waste, but you may see the results in a fatter wallet and a narrower waist come the New Year.

Check out Nebraska Extension’s publication “14 Ways Consumers can Reduce Food Waste” for more ideas https://food.unl.edu/14-ways-consumers-can-reduce-food-waste

Breadmaking 101

bread

September 25, 2017
10:00 am—3:00 pm
Cullman County Extension Office
402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1
Cullman, AL 35055
Fee: $15.00

Learn the basics of making several different varieties of yeast breads, including dinner rolls, sweet rolls, hamburger & hotdog buns, pizza crust, and sandwich bread. Participation is limited to the first 15 people to register and pay for the class.

Workshop Registration Form

Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning – Extension Daily

Many home food preservers ask the question “Can mayonnaise jars made by a company that makes canning jars be used in home food preservation?”  The answer is no.

“Companies making both canning jars and other types of jars caution against using commercial jars for home canning,” said Patti West, a regional food safety agent with Alabama Extension.  Read article……….

If you would like to learn how to safely preserve the bounty from your summer garden, the Cullman County Extension has a three-day course Home Food Preservation Course scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 18th-Thursday, July 20th.  The cost is $40 for the course or $15 per day.  Contact our office at 256-737-9386 for more information.  Space is limited and you must pre-register to attend.

Source: Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning – Extension Daily

 

Tasty Bites Series – Low Fat Pudding in a Cloud

Low Fat Pudding in a Cloud
(Adapted from Kraftfoods.com)

You’ll Need –

2 cups cold fat-free milk
1 (4-serving package) sugar-free chocolate pudding
2 cups thawed frozen lite whipped topping

Measuring cups
Medium bowl
Spoon
Wire whisk

1. Pour milk into medium bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until smooth and
thickened.
2. Spoon 1/3 cup of whipped topping into each of six dessert dishes. Take the back of the spoon and
make a well in each so whipped topping covers the bottom and up the sides.
3. Fill each well with a sixth of the pudding.
4. Refrigerate at least one hour.
6 servings

Calories: 100 Carbohydrate: 15 grams Fat: 3 grams Protein: 3 grams Sodium: 260 milligrams Fiber:1
grams Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Exchange: 1 starch, ½ fat

Tasty Bites are a series of videos created by the Human Nutrition, Diet & Health Team – Recipes in support of our Right Bite Cooking Series and Color Me Healthy Series.
Check out all the recipes and videos at http://www.aces.edu/family-health/health-nutrition/RightBite/#

For more information about the Right Bite series of classes contact your county office.

2017 Kids Cope Schedule

Kids Cope logo - a bandaged heart

The Cullman Circuit Court has mandated that all divorcing parents of minor children must attend a KidsCope parenting session. You are required to attend one session that will last approximately two hours.

Topics to be included:

  • Needs of your children during this stressful time
  • Building positive relationships with your child
  • Learning to avoid putting your child in no-win situations
  • Developmental stages of children and their reactions to divorce
  • Parenting together even when divorced

Session Dates and Times:

Saturday, January 7, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

FEE:

$20 per person if applications and payment are received by the Cullman County Extension Office prior to the session*. A late fee of $5.00 will be charged if you pay at the time of the session.

Sessions will be held at the Cullman County Office Building Conference Room at 402 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055.

For more information contact the Cullman County Extension Office at 256-737-9386

*FEE MUST BE PAID BY MONEY ORDER OR CASH ONLY. (NO LARGE BILLS OR CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.)

pdf 2017 Kids Cope Applicationa printable brochure with schedule and application form.

How To Dry Fruit

Home Food Safety, Preparation & Preservation, Regional Extension Agent, Angela Treadaway, discusses preserving fruit using dehydration.

Drying fruits is a delicious and nutritious way to add a little variety to your diet.  The process of preserving fruits by drying them originated in 1700 BC in ancient Mesopotamia.  Raisins, figs, dates, apricots and apples were some of the most popular dried fruits in ancient times, and remain some of the most popular today.

Read article at Extension Daily Blog

2016 Kids Cope Schedule

KidsCope

The Cullman Circuit Court has mandated that all divorcing parents of minor children must attend a KidsCope parenting session. You are required to attend one session that will last approximately two hours.

Topics to be included:

  • Needs of your children during this stressful time
  • Building positive relationships with your child
  • Learning to avoid putting your child in no-win situations
  • Developmental stages of children and their reactions to divorce
  • Parenting together even when divorced

Session Dates and Times:

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 22 , 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 17 , 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

FEE:
$20 per person if applications and payment are received by the Cullman County Extension Office prior to the session. A late fee of $5.00 will be charged if you pay at the time of the session.Sessions will be held at the Cullman County Office Building Conference Room at 402 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055. For more information contact the Cullman County Extension Office at 256-737-9386

For more information contact the Cullman County Extension Office at 256-737-9386

FEE MUST BE PAID BY MONEY ORDER OR CASH ONLY.(NO LARGE BILLS OR CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.)

pdf 2016 Kids Cope Application – a Printable brochure with schedule and application form.

Extension Resources Available in Spanish

This is a Spanish-only web site devoted to serving Hispanics around the world. This site provides links to research-based information in Spanish, with each title translated into English, and links to English version publications (when available) as an aid to non-Spanish speaking service providers.

Este es un sitio web completamente en español dedicado a servir las comunidades hispanas alrededor del mundo. Este sitio provee enlaces a información básica sobre muchos aspectos de extraordinaria importancia en la vida cotidiana. Para poder ayudar a los usuarios de habla inglesa, las publicaciones con texto completo en español tienen también títulos en inglés y enlaces de las traducciones al inglés cuando disponible. [En el lado izquierdo aparece la lista de títulos y traducciones completas al inglés]

 

 

Family and Consumer Science and Youth Programs

familyhealth

Health is more than the absent of disease – it is the state of complete physical, mental & social well-being. It is with this goal in mind that there is a diversity of programming in the Family and Health area.

Food Safety programming is one program that offers the opportunity for people to become certified in ServSafe a Food Safety Certification Course to enable them to work in restaurants and other food service areas. Home canning and preservation classes are also offered – these classes offer attendees the opportunity to save money and be in control of the food they provide their families. Cottage Law Food Safety Class and certification class helps entrepreneurs be aware the opportunities and dangers involved in selling your non-hazardous food items like baked goods and jams and jellies prepared at home.

Money management is critical in today’s economy and programming offered in this area provides attendees the opportunity to look at their spending in a new way. Annie’s Project is a program to give women in agriculture the opportunity to come together and learn about various issues of farming in 2015.

Families are important and programming in dealing with child development issues is offered. There are also classes on parenting, including the roles of a divorced parent with the KidsCope classes.

Nutrition and health programming includes series programs with youth and adults. Color Me Healthy a program for pre-schoolers has been recently brought into the county with great results. Eat Healthy Be Active is another series program in the county with attendees learning about food labeling, exercise, and making healthier choices. A new diabetes education – DEEP – Diabetes Empowerment Education Program will be offered soon.

Keeping people aware of the ways in which Family and Health intersect with other areas within the ACES is also part of our programming. We are involved in the Cullman Farmers Market in promoting healthy eating by buying local through your farmers market. We educate farmers on how grow their produce with less food safety risks, and handling it safety at farmers markets. We are involved in youth programming through 4-H and other youth programs in the state such as Junior Master Gardener. We are active in local health initiatives from various coalitions, to the CDC funded ALPROHEALTH program.