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Food & Nutrition

Are You Into It? 

This project area designed to help you do fun experiments, prepare flavor-filled recipes, and go on fact-finding missions. You’ll have fun learning about food ingredients, food characteristics, and food safety.

• Use My Plate (USDA) information to make healthy food choices
• Understand principles of nutrition related to health, physical fitness, and appearance
• Learn how to prepare and store foods safely
• Understand the scientific principles of nutrition
• Acquire and demonstrate skills in planning, purchasing, preparing and serving tasty and nutritious meals

Here's What You Can Do All Year!

Foods Nutrition

Take Food and Nutrition Further!

• Create your own food preparation business
• Organize a food drive for your community
• Create a portfolio of your favorite recipes
• Keep a journal of foods eaten and calories consumed
• Plan menus for a week, make a grocery list and go grocery shopping
• Is it fair time? Consider taking an exhibit, a piece of your project learning to the fair for judging and to show what you have learned throughout the year. It might get selected to go to the Kansas State Fair
• Contact your county KSU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities, and events
• Attend Kansas 4-H Youth Conference and participate in workshops, motivational speakers and a community service project, bringing ideas back to your community

Kids a Cookin'

Kids a Cookin'

Want a great way to spend time with your kids? Tired of macaroni and cheese with hot dogs being the only secret recipe you have? Dust off your countertops, tie on your apron and introduce your “Small Fry” to the educational and fun world of cooking. Even if they have only mastered Kool-Aid®, you and your kids can expand your cooking skills with the help of these kitchen-tested and approved recipes.

Follow Host (and Mom) Karen Arnold, as she leads school-age children step-by-step in preparing nutritious, delicious, but most of all, fun recipes. Each week, pint-sized chefs will help prepare a different recipe that can easily be made in your own home. These recipes are not only simple to prepare and affordable, but are an excellent way to share the joys of cooking with your kids. 

Preparing quality food together also can provide quality time with your kids. Remember, the recipe for cooking success is simple … Just you and your kids.

Kids a Cookin' is produced for K-State Research and Extension's Kansas SNAP-Ed by the Department of Communications and the Kansas Regents Educational Communications Center (ECC). Available in English and Spanish.


Kids Cookbook

Tips & Techniques

Food Safety Tips

How to Techniques

Money Saving Tips

Using Appliances

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KSU 4-H Foods Project Page


New Project Curriculm Resources for 21-22


Cooking 101

Cooking  201

Cooking  301

Cooking 401



Project Meeting Resources

Food STEM Resource Activities

Up for the Challenge: Lifetime Fitness, Healthy Decisions

268 pages of project ideas for health, fitness and nutrition-check it out for your next project meeting

Fair Resources

Foods Judging Schedule TBA

Foods Evaluation Scorecard

Cake Decorating Judging Form

Food Safety Recommendations for Food Preservation Exhibits

Department F:  Food Preparation and Preservation


Foods Preservation


Just Because It Seals Doesn't Mean it's Safe!

Food Preservation Judging Criteria

Judging Dried Fruits & Leather

Judging Fruits

Judging Herbs

Judging Pickles

Judging Preserves

Judging Dried Meat Jerky

Judging Meat and Poultry

Judging Tomatoes and Tomato Products

Judging Dried Vegetables

Judging Vegetables


Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.


• Teach friends how to make healthy snacks
• Tell your family about the importance of eating a variety of foods from all the food groups
• Design a poster about kitchen safety


• Bake with the elderly at a care center
• Volunteer at a food pantry
• Offer locally grown food sampling at the grocery store


• Take responsibility for preparing one family meal each week
• Plan and help prepare food for a special family event
• Create a club fundraiser around food

Exhibit Ideas

Aug 3-Schedule TBA

• Learn to read food labels
• Experiment with altering recipes and share results
• Compare cost of purchased vs. home made
• Plan a special meal for your family
• Make a recipe calendar for a gift - include a recipe for each month
• Assemble a set of favorite recipes
• Research sports drinks vs. water - share results via poster