Ten Ways To Save On Foods Labs | Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics

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I’ve always been a pretty frugal person which has served me well as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Food prices have been rising much faster than my budget allotment. Here are some tips for how I’ve been able to keep up.

Portion size

Cut portions down as small as possible for students to still achieve the objective. My mini angel food cakes are my favorite example of this.

Skip demonstrating

I don’t demonstrate my soft yeast dough pretzels. Instead, students make their recipe as they watch the episode Good Eats: Pretzels Logic.

Or, only demonstrate

I used to have each kitchen make their own batch of yeast dinner roll dough. Now I only demonstrate the dough and each student gets to form their own roll. Students really take their one roll seriously. I used to end up with a lot of waste.

Freeze!

Freeze anything that won’t get used it a week from applesauce to bacon to yogurt to pumpkin.

Stock up on sales

If you are picking up groceries and notice a sale, stock up on as much as you can use before it would go bad or as much as you need for the year if it is freezable.

Stock up seasonally

Buy canned pumpkin (and most baking ingredients) at Thanksgiving. Baking ingredients are cheap again at Easter time.

Consider seasonal labs

Students who take Culinary Essentials in the fall learn knife skills by making salsa with free garden produce. Students who take it over the winter learn knife skills with a root vegetable soup.

Do. Not. Share. Disposable. Products.

I do not buy paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic bags, or anything of the like for my students. At the beginning of the term I recommend that my students keep a gallon size freezer bag in their folder in case they have leftovers to bring home. No container, no leftovers.

Eliminate disposables for yourself too

Right now my students have muffins sitting on the counter in their stock pots. It’s a little weird but it works! At my last school I had some room in my Perkins funding to get these beautiful Cambro squares. (sigh!) They held everything, were freezer safe, and if you flipped them upside down they were big enough to be a cake take! I know from my time in catering that they take all sorts of abuse and can save your department in the long run.

Dry Milk

Dry milk does not offer much cost savings over liquid but I am able to mix it as I need it so there is never any waste. I would purchase liquid milk for dairy-specific labs but it’s not necessary for a cup here or there in quick breads, for example.

How do you keep your foods budget balanced? Share your tips in the comments below!

 

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Good Eats: Pretzel Logic | Three-Day Yeast Dough Soft Pretzels Lab

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Oh. My. Goodness. It is recipes like this that make people think Family and Consumer Sciences teachers have magic superpowers. (Does anyone else feel under high pressure at potlucks?) Even if you don’t have time to make these soft yeast dough pretzels with your students, do it for yourself. They are so good!

Good news teachers: This lab can be spread across three days!

Day 1: Students watch “Good Eats: Pretzels Logic” and take notes on their recipe card

  • Recipe is also available on Food Network.
  • This episode is a little confusing because he does the pretzels “wrong” first before correcting it. So have students record the recipe for the dough and then stop recording until he adds in the baking soda step.

Day 2: Students mix dough and review for their test with a Kahoot review game

  • Refrigerate the dough overnight after the first kneading step. We actually froze our dough and that worked well too. Just give it a whole overnight to thaw.

Day 3: Students can form pretzels, boil, and bake.

Do yourself a favor and don’t wait until your yeast bread unit rolls around to make these. 

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Holiday Baking Championship: Not the Holidays Without Pie to Introduce Pie Unit | Family and Consumer Sciences

I came up with this activity much sooner than I’d like to admit. I had been planning on showing Holiday Baking Championship: Not the Holidays Without Pie to review the pie unit instead of to introduce it but ran into a snag with yeast dough and a delay for fog.

For a graphic organizer students divide scratch paper into four quadrants. They are to record pros and cons of store-bought crust, types of pies, and types of crusts. I ended up really liking it as an introduction and will probably do that in the future.

My students really enjoy this series. I use the first episode, Holiday Cookie Madness, to review our cookie unit. It is nice to have something like this in your back pocket for multi-day recipes that leave a spare 10 or 20 minutes.

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