Students in BIMS 4491 Food Microbiology got to show off their mad skills and knowledge in a food tasting event held on campus this morning. During the semester, students have learned about foodborne illnesses and food safety, food spoilage and food production using microbes. Everyone earned their food handling certificate and did safety sampling of college student kitchens. Today marked the end of their first major project – production of foods using microbes. Each student was charged with producing two different foods (that could not be the products of the same microbe). Our end result was a menu of chocolates and cheeses, pickles and sauerkraut and kimchi, wines and mead and ginger ale, and much more. The campus community was invited, a television news camera crew arrived, students explained the lengths they went through to make safe, tasty foods. By all accounts, the event was a hit and impressed everyone who attended.
If learning isn’t fun, something’s wrong. If what goes in your head doesn’t apply to life around you something’s wrong. This project attacked both of those head-on to give our students fun, applicable knowledge and skills.
Next up for these students? Creating a guide entitled “Guide to Safety in the Kitchen for College Students”. More on that later!