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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!

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.

StrongWomen Stay Young

StrongWomen envisions a diverse community of women who are fit, strong, and healthy; in turn these empowered women become agents of change for their families, communities, and beyond. The StrongWomen Program is a national evidence-based community exercise and nutrition program targeted to midlife and older women. Dr. Miriam E. Nelson and colleagues have developed and evaluated two curricula. The first is a strength training curriculum to help women maintain muscle mass, strength, and function as they age. The second is heart disease prevention curriculum that focuses on aerobic activity and nutrition. For more information on Strong women visit

If you have a group of women interested in having a class please call our extension office at 208-236-7311.

Fun and Healthy Lessons (New Section)

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.

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 October 28, 2013  Posted by at 6:52 pm