Cooking is an Eagle-required merit medal that will teach you how to prepare safe meals in any environment. Additionally, you’ll learn about nutrition and food storage as well as various cooking techniques. Earning the cooking merit badge workbook as a Scout taught me how to make better food quickly. There’s no more instant ramen for camping. This guide should help you to create delicious meals for your patrol and earn your Cooking merit badge.
Be prepared for the Cooking merit badge’s knowledge requirements. It will take you several weeks to complete this badge. You should take the time to go through the requirements to fully grasp what you will be learning.
What are the Cooking Merit Badge Workbook Requirements
Safety and Health. Follow these Steps:
- Discuss with your counselor the possible hazards that you might encounter while cooking. Also, what you can do to prevent, mitigate, and deal with these hazards.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with first aid and how to avoid injuries and illnesses that may occur while cooking or eating.
- Explain how meat, fish and chicken should be transported and prepared for cooking. Discuss how to avoid cross-contamination.
- Talk with your counselor about food allergies, intolerances, and other food-related diseases. These concerns should be discussed with anyone who prepares or handles food.
- Talk with your counselor about why food labels are important. Discuss common allergens like peanuts, tree nuts and milk.
Diet. Follow these Steps:
- Use the MyPlate food guide and the current USDA nutrition model to give five examples of each of the following food groups: a1) Fruits; a2) Vegetables; a3) Grains; a4) Proteins; a5) Dairy
- Explain why you should reduce your intake of oil and sugar.
- Based on your activity level, determine your 24 hour pharmacy daily activity level and your caloric needs. Next, consult your counselor to determine the best meal plan for you based on MyPlate’s food guide.
- Talk to your counselor about your eating habits and the MyPlate food guide.
Basic Cooking. These are some of the things you can do cooking merit badge workbook
- Discuss each of the following cooking merit badge workbook. Each method requires you to describe the equipment and temperature control. Name at least one food that is possible using each method.
- Discuss the advantages of using a camp stove for an outing over a charcoal or woodfire.
- Discuss with your counselor how you manage your time while preparing a meal to ensure that all the components are available at the right time.