Reading Food Labels: Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Crispy Onion Mashed Potatoes

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I did this lab with a twist this year. Our quiz questions involve reading the food label from Hungry Jack Mashed potatoes. I wanted the students to know how to read and practice the label hands-on. Last year we made the basic recipe and this year we zinged it up with featured recipe on the food label: Garlic and Crispy Onion Mashed potatoes. It was the perfect recipe to reinforce essential and non-essential ingredients. Obviously the onions and garlic are completely optional and non-essential, but they sure make the finished product look tasty.

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Students practiced using the entire range for this recipe. They used the stove top for boiling and they used the oven for broiling.

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The Mrs. Brown tip was to leave the door ajar to keep a close eye on the product.

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Reading the recipe that the students wrote themselves is vital. They are required to read it twice, comprehend and understand the cooking vocabulary prior to lab. This is a reading common core reinforcement.

Yesterday they halved the original 8 serving recipe to 4 servings. It’s a great math common core reinforcement. Dividing all the ingredients by half takes math skills! In many cases, this calls for a fraction review lesson johnny on the spot. This is their own recipe that they have re-written in their own language.

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Overall, the finished products were delicious looking and smelled divine.

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Students learned that non-essential ingredients can be divided on top of the mashed potatoes. Don’t like onions? No problem here.

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Way to go Jayden, our JV football player. He’s using his equipment correctly and taking cooking to the next level making Mrs. Brown proud!

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