Cooking & Food Safety

We offer educational resources, including online certifications for Texas food handlers, on cooking and food safety. Whether you are a cottage food producer, a farmer’s market vendor or you are cooking for your family, our resources teach all Texans the basics of safe food handling, preparation, cooking, serving and storing.

Related Departments: Food Science & Technology, Nutrition



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Cooking Well Series

The Cooking Well Series is a suite of programs which includes various lessons of interactive classes with research-based information accompanied by a cooking component. Resources for this program are provided by county agents directly.
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Cooking & Food Safety



Set of five children’s books featured in the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! curriculum.


Created by teachers, this multifaceted garden, nutrition, and physical activities curriculum is evidence-based and academically rich.


Spanish Version. Created by teachers, this multifaceted garden, nutrition, and physical activities curriculum is evidence-based and academically rich.


We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.

These proven beef quality practices are simply better methods of doing the same jobs you’re already doing.


The Texas 4-H Family & Community Health Program provides a variety of resources and opportunities to learn about nutrition, interior design, consumer education and more.


Balancing Food & Play (grades 3rd-5th) was developed to address children’s health issues by developing lifelong healthy behaviors through nutrition, physical activity, and family engagement.



Interested in selling food at a Texas farmers’ market? Need to know what permits are required? This one hour online course provides valuable information for potential vendors about the rules and regulations of Texas farmers’ markets.


Research shows that implementing policies can help promote behavior change. This one-hour course will walk learners through the steps of policy development, implementation and evaluation.


This food handlers certification course, accredited with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), will allow food service employees, cottage food business operators, or others to meet the requirement of having a food handler or food safety course. Participants will learn basic food safety practices for the preparation of food and can print a food handlers card.

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