Upcoming Events

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

Specialty Crops Newsletter

In this issue of the SCP Newsletter, we are excited to highlight some hot topics important to the specialty crops industry.  We’ll present details on USDA Harmonized GAP Audits, as we align our standards with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and pursue Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition of the USDA standard.  You’ll also get a perspective of how a Marketing Order & Agreements (MOAD) Marketing Specialist strives to support a commodity program covered by the Specialty Crops Program.

Source: Specialty Crops Newsletter

Breadmaking 101


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

Cullman County Grassroots Survey


fresh lawn in the morning with dew

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System wants your help to plan programs that address county needs.  Each August, we hold our Grassroots meeting and receive feedback from various representatives of our community in order to assist us in planning the programs we offer.  Obviously, not everyone can attend our Grassroots meeting; however, we want as much input from as many members of our community as possible.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following planning questions. You will not be identified unless you give us your contact information at the end of the survey.  Your answers will be combined with other stakeholders’ answers and the results will be used to help create a program plan for the Cullman County Extension office.

Please skip questions that do not apply to you. For instance, if the question is about poultry farming you may not have any idea what their needs are so just skip over that question.  Others are of a more general nature and you should try to give your best opinion for those.


We certainly appreciate and value your voluntary input.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact our office at (256) 737-9386.

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
Wire whisk

1. Pour milk into medium bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until smooth and
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.


$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


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