De Smet students learn culinary skills

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Students participating in family and consumer science classes at De Smet Middle and High School are learning cooking skills in nutrition and wellness, culinary 1 and exploratory family and consumer sciences.

Students in Angela Ostrander's classes are required to pass the safety and sanitation test with a 90 percent and above, then create a food lab planning and preparation form prior to working in the food lab. Most recipes are written in standard form where ingredients are listed on the top and directions are on the bottom. Participants rewrite the recipes into a scientific step-by-step method and worker duties are assigned. This learning concept assists in time management. Students work in groups of two people and rotate. If they are not working in a lab, they are researching and preparing for the next food lab.

Recreating recipes for different dietary restrictions are the focus of the nutrition and wellness class. In this class, students are asked to review recipes and recreate to make them more nutritious or substitute healthy alternatives. In Culinary 1 class, students will be preparing paninis, an upscaled grilled sandwich. In the exploratory FACS classes, eighth- grade students will be recreating the infamous grilled cheese sandwich with other versions. Ostrander said she enjoys cooking and is excited to offer this opportunity to teach these skills to others.

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