The goal of Family and Consumer Science professionals is to improve the quality of life for adults, children and families through research-based data – specifically in the areas of healthy lifestyles, nutrition, food safety and financial management.
The University of Idaho has a great website with informational newsletters on, sewing, cooking, canning and even has some great recipes to share. It’s called The Communicator, click on the link and find out what Family and Consumer Sciences is all about!
New Kid on the Block
All of us at the Bannock County Extension would like to Welcome Julie Buck as our new Family and Consumer Sciences Educator. Julie will be stepping into Audrey Liddil’s position and is here to help you with all your consumer needs;
“As the “new kid on the block” meeting the community education needs of Bannock County is very important to me. Recently I researched the various health and lifestyle concerns as identified by the State Department of Health and Welfare. Identified health issues include overweight children, obese adults, inactive lifestyles, diabetes and low income. With the help of many educators and healthcare professionals, the health and well-being of Bannock County Residents can be improved. Areas of focus I look forward to teaching will be classes focusing on Food Safety, Nutrition, Physical Activity and General Money Management. Please contact me any time, I look forward to meeting the great people of Bannock County.” Julie Buck
Dial Pressure Gauge Checks (New)
It’s getting to be that time of year again; Summer and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. If you are getting ready to start your canning, remember to bring your dial gauge canner lid to the Bannock County Extension office to be checked for accuracy. This must be done every year before you start canning. If you can year round set a date and get it tested the same time every year. Click on this link for dates and times to get your canner checked. Canning Gauge Check Dates
Master Food Preservation Class
The Family and Consumer Sciences UI Extension Educators offer a Master Food Preserving Class each year. If you would like to see the Youtube presentation from 2013 class in Bingham County click on the link “Youtube presentation”.
Explore our food preservation publications and learn how to keep you and your family safe.
Artisan Bread Class
UI Extension, Bannock County is offering “Artisan Bread” classes. We have had such an overwhelming response that we would like to offer this class in the near future. If you are interested in signing up, please call 208-236-7310. The fee is just $5.00 to cover class supplies. Please bring a covered bowl. There will be lots of samples to take home!
USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning now online!
Whether you are new to canning or a seasoned expert, this publication is an excellent source for home canning your favorite fruits, vegetables, meats and poultry. There is information on how to can properly and procedures to safely preserve your favorite foods. Remember, when canning at home, use only USDA approved recipes.
Download individual chapters from the USDA website, or if you would like the spiral bound book, you can purchase it for $18.00 at your local Extension office.
Meal Time Inspirations
Family and Consumer Sciences UI Extension Educators are offering Mealtime Inspirations, a fun way to learn how to prepare foods for the holiday seasons. The class is offered in the month of November and is hosted each year by a different county extension office. For more information on Mealtime Inspirations, watch this video.
Fun and Healthy Lessons
Have you ever made jerky? Used a crock pot or pressure cooker for meals? If the answer is no, use the helpful links below. Kids home from school? Well here are some quick and healthy recipes that you and your kids will love. Do you case lot shop? Lots of Hamburger and Chicken in the freezer? Below are some recipes to help you prepare meals for a week. Also you can learn how to freeze fruits and vegetables or dry them instead. Hope you are enjoying our quick and easy lessons we will be updating regularly so make sure to check back in the near future.
- Jerky is Hot!
- Crock-Pot Cooking
- Pressure cookers & Recipes
- Meals for a Week
- A Weeks Worth of Plant-Based Menus
- Quick & Healthy Recipes for Kids
- Drying Foods
- Freezing Fruits & Vegetables 2013