The Iowa Beef Industry Council is pleased to offer educational materials for your Food and Nutrition classes. If you have specific requests, please contact us.
True Beef: Pasture to Plate
Make the farm to fork connection with this series of lesson plans that supports the documentary "True Beef". In partnership with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
True Beef: Lesson Plan
This guide contains 8 lessons designed for the High School Culinary Arts or Family and Consumer Sciences program, however, STEM connections have been included for all lessons making it easy for teachers to make connections across the curriculum.
True Beef: Documentary
An innovative educational documentary that follows agricultural science and culinary arts students as they learn about the entire process of beef production. The documentary is designed to teach culinary arts students where their food comes from while learning the importance of farming and ranching from agriculture students.
Family and Consumer Science Education Resources
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Basics About Beef
24-page student booklet that covers all aspects of buying, storing, preparing and serving beef. One free per student. Basics has been updated and is available in PDF format (3MB file).Download the Booklet
Introductory Beef Selection and Cookery Lessons
Two lessons cover reading the label, selecting cuts and connecting the cut to the cookery method. Developed by Medan Aden, FCS educator.
Download the Beef Basic Lessons
Download the Interactive Butcher Counter Lessons
Connect beef cuts to the appropriate recipe for maximum quality.
Ground Beef Taste Test Lessons
Two new lab-based ground beef experiments which incorporate Iowa Core Health Literacy and Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards, while utilizing inquiry based lab method of Science Writing Heuristic to encourage high rigor and high relevance. Lesson edited by Kristie Kuhse, Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School.
Ground Beef Lessons
Includes lesson plan and study guide, classroom recipes and teacher references. Developed by Kristie Kuhse, FCS educator, Waverly-Shellrock Junior High School.
Ground Beef 101
Go to Beef It's What's for Dinner for more about Ground Beef including quick Freezing and Thawing, safe handling and recipes.
Beef It's What's For Dinner Recipes
Hundreds of recipes and videos on beef preparation.Learn More
Beef Foodservice Recipes
Five new beef recipes using beef that meet the USDA menu regulations. They were developed by the Beef Culinary Center and tested in several schools across the United States.Learn More
Facts About Beef
Answer questions about how we raise cattle across the U.S. to produce safe, nutritious beef.Learn More
Beef preparation, cookery and nutrition
Alias Pink Slime
Video tour of Beef Processing Plant with Temple Grandin - viewer discretion advised
Tour of Wisconsin plant which makes ground beef for restaurants
Meat Product Labeling and Marketing: What Do All Those Words Really Mean? - Kansas State Extension Service
Cutting up a side of beef into wholesale and retail cuts. University of Kentucky Extension Service
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