Dixie Fritz presented the program, “Healthy Grilling,” at the recent meeting of the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club. The meeting was held at the Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall.


Fritz stated that some common barbecue practices promote the growth of the bacteria that can cause food poisoning. She presented guidelines to prevent bacteria from growing:


1) Marinate meats in the refrigerator, not on the counter. If you want to use some marinade for a dip, reserve a portion in advance. Don’t reuse marinade that has been used on raw meat. 2) Partially cooking meat in the microwave or oven to reduce grilling time is safe only if the food then goes immediately onto the grill. 3) Wash any utensils and plates that have come in contact with raw meat before using them for cooked foods. 4) Meat and poultry should be thoroughly cooked. It is best to use a meat thermometer to check for safety and doneness. 5) Serve immediately, so hot foods won’t cool enough to start growing bacteria. 6) Promptly refrigerate any leftovers, dividing large quantities into small, shallow containers so the food will cool more quickly, she said.


Fritz also discussed marinating foods. To safely marinade foods: 1) Marinade in a non-metal container in the refrigerator. 2) Do not marinade more than 24 hours. Meat will become mushy if left too long. 3) Save some unused marinade to baste food during cooking. 4) Throw away any leftover marinade. She also shared grilling recipes from the Cooperative Extension Service.


Nancy Rosen, special community service project chairwoman, reported that clothing items were donated to Davis Life Care Center for needy residents as well as bingo prizes. Margaret Thomas and Rosen assisted with Bingo at Davis.


Delores Kelley, community service chairwoman, reported that 1,424 food items were collected for the Transformation Project at Centennial Fellowship Church.


Brenda Robinson, club president, thanked everyone for participating in club activities.


“The Camden Daffodil Festival was a Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Fellowship Tour that was enjoyed by all who attended,” according to the release. “Besides the gardens, everyone enjoyed the historic Oaklawn Cemetery Walk where there were live interpretations of Camden’s citizens in the mid to late 1800’s.”


Heart-N-Hands participants at the festival were: Debbie James, Connie Herrin, Lynda Toler, Jody Stout, Robinson, Kelley, Alpha Hopkins, and Rosen.


Heart-N-Hands also held a club fellowship tour to the Rohwer Japanese Encampment Museum at McGehee.


“They also shopped at Paul Michaels in Lake Village. They also toured the Millers Mud Mill in Dumas and learned about hand-crafted pottery. Sandy Smith, Rosen, James, Kaye Richardson, Robinson, and Kelley enjoyed this fun, educational tour,” according to the release.


Robinson and James taught a bunny/cross workshop. Participants included Alpha Hopkins, Vivian Gerlach, Liz Crosby, Richardson, Cathy Lewis, Smith, Annette Nelson, Kelley, Herrin, Rosen, and Toler.


Participants at an essential oils workshop (at the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Craft Workshop included Audrey Armsstrong, Warna Turner, Brenda Dixon, Lewis, Patsy Brown, Rosen, Dixie Fritz, Robinson, Gerry Crutchfield, Kelley, Toler, Barbra Freeman, Smith, Nelson, Margaret Thomas, Herrin and James.


Correspondence consisted of a thank you note from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for the teaching dolls and caps that the club donated as well as a thank you note from the Transformation Project for the club’s food donations.


Upcoming events include the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council State Meeting on June 5-7 at Hot Springs at the convention center.


After the meeting, the club adjourned to Larry’s Pizza for refreshments as well as the fellowship.


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