It was wonderful. The only downside was that they were all working from the same set of recipes.
The basic requirements for the project are to:
- Make 2-3 recipes from each section of the project manual, so 10-15 recipes each.
- Do a couple of experiments or activities from the manual (which they did together).
- Do community service related to their project (baking cookies for a bake sale, baking cookies to give out in Thanksgiving baskets).
- Give a demonstration relating to your project.
- Make something to exhibit at County Fair. For 101, that had to be either cookies, bar cookies, or no-bake cookies. For 201, that is muffins, scones, or quick bread.
The kids cut each piece into thirds, and then made one piece for each of us a) in the oven, b) on the stove, and c) in the microwave. Since our microwave died a couple days after all the COVID shutdowns, we had to wait to do this activity until we got a replacement.
The only way they have ever made bacon is by frying it on the stove.
|Trina putting bacon onto the stone to go into the oven|
|Richard putting bacon on a tray to microwave it.|
It was interesting to see the results. Basically, we all were torn between the stove and oven, and pretty much all thought the microwave-cooked bacon was a distant 3rd place. What we liked about the bacon from the oven was that it was pretty flat instead of all curled up. But we preferred the taste of the bacon that they fried.
We finished the day off by having BLTs, and made that bacon in the oven so it would work in the sandwiches better.
Next taste test? Rice. We're supposed to compare cooked on the stove to cooked in the oven, but I'm going to add the rice cooker to the mix.
I just love 4-H!