Central Montana Cattlewomen hold “Crock-pot for Beef” educational program

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Members of the “Crock-pot for Beef” class proudly display their beef swag. Photo courtesy of Connie Ahlgren

Ten students signed up for the continued education this year. The class is full of young parents – a popular audience the Cattlewomen want to target for education and promotion of beef.
Denise Seilstad from the Extension office opened the educational program with two evenings of meal planning and shopping for your family. For the last phase of the program, the Cattlewomen put together the ingredients for a family to cook a beef stew in their new crock-pots, and a shopping bag full of various information on beef’s nutrients, cooking tips, cuts and recipes.
President Sherry Stilson started the class with a beef nutrient program, telling about all the vitamins in beef and what the purpose of each is: zinc, iron and protein and more.
Kaylyn Delaney of Grass Range presented a nice Power Point presentation on beef cuts, the location on the animal they come from, and how to select the perfect cut for your family on different occasions.
Connie Ahlgren of Grass Range followed up with various cooking tips for each cut of beef. Discussion included favorite ways of cooking, planning a menu and each family’s favorite meal.
A portion of the funding for this project comes from the Beef Check-Off program the cattlewomen apply for through the Montana Beef Council for education and promotion. What is not approved through the council is raised by the local cattlewomen’s organization through fundraisers such as brand books, napkins and serving meals at special events or bull sales.
If anyone would like to join the Central Montana Cattlewomen and learn how to help promote the livestock industry, “like” them on Facebook, leave a message and they will contact you. Checkout their Facebook page to learn more.

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