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

Publications

Publication

Keep your family safe and prepared for unexpected events or emergencies, such as natural disasters, loss of power, or fires. This Dinner Tonight cookbook contains three days' worth of recipes that can easily be made with minimal preparation, ingredients, and resources. Sold Individually

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Trip to the Mediterranean includes 13 recipes using the Mediterranean eating pattern. It is a healthy eating plan recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans which helps protect against heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.

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These recipe cards are available to those agents and BLT assistants who conduct the Growing and Nourishing Healthy Communities Garden Course for BLT programming purposes. Each packet contains 5 sets of each of the 17 versions.

Programs

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.
Program

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

Program

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.

Program

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.

Courses

Course

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.

Course

An online curriculum series for Better Living for Texans (BLT)/SNAP-Ed adult audiences. Certificate of Completion available to those completing the four-session series.

Course

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.

All Resources on Cooking & Food Safety

  • Publication

    Keep your family safe and prepared for unexpected events or emergencies, such as natural disasters, loss of power, or fires. This Dinner Tonight cookbook contains three days' worth of recipes that can easily be made with minimal preparation, ingredients, and resources. Sold Individually

  • Publication

    Trip to the Mediterranean includes 13 recipes using the Mediterranean eating pattern. It is a healthy eating plan recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans which helps protect against heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.

  • Course

    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.

  • Course

    An online curriculum series for Better Living for Texans (BLT)/SNAP-Ed adult audiences. Certificate of Completion available to those completing the four-session series.

  • Course

    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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