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

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This 24-page downloadable cookbook contains three days’ worth of recipes that can easily be made with minimal preparation, ingredients, and resources.

Note: This is a paid downloadable publication.

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This classroom set (25 copies) of the 10 Garden Kitchen Recipes highlight the 12 nutrient dense vegetables featured in the Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! curricula.

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

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

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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

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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This course is designed to educate people who want to start a cottage food production operation out of their residence in Texas. Through this course, individuals will gain knowledge of the Texas Cottage Food Law and general rules and best practices for preparing food safely.

All Resources on Cooking & Food Safety

  • Publication

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

  • Course

    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.

  • Course

    This food handler course in Spanish, accredited with the Texas Department of State Health Services, 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.

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    Food safety is just as important during special activities as it is at home or in the lunchroom. This online course helps teachers understand the importance of food safety during events that are not regular occurrences.

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    Understanding the factors that increase nutrition risk is important to those who work with older populations. After completion of this module, volunteers will have a better understanding of the DETERMINE Nutrition Risk Assessment.

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    This course meets the training requirement related to animal food hygiene and food safety and address the following: FSMA requirements including training and documentation; Importance of employee health and personal hygiene; and Responsibilities of supervisors, management and employees involved feed manufacturing.

  • Publication

    The purpose of this handbook is to enhance learning activities related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of dairy foods.

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    Recipe booklet containing 17 recipes. Cook Once, Eat Twice Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School. (Sold individually)

  • Course

    Working in a child care setting can be such a rewarding, yet difficult job. Learn how to properly handle breast milk, formula, and other foods to help prevent food-borne illness in this course. Food safety preventative measures will be discussed to help ensure you have a safe environment for babies and children.

  • Publication

    This publication is for food managers in the food-service industry to learn proper food safety practices.

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