The Brownie Girl Scout Make It, Eat It Try-It is sometimes seen as a cooking badge. However, there are also ideas for creating a recipe book with favorite recipes and even learning to plant and grow seeds. These two things can always be added to this Try-It if some of the other activities do not get completed.
To earn the Make It, Eat It Try-It, girls must complete four activities. Earning this Try-It was a fun afternoon get together with my troop. The girls can do this separately at home if they wish, but it is a lot of fun to get the whole troop to get together and plan and prepare a meal. Depending on room size and family sizes, you may also think about planning a troop family meal with this activity. This is a bit more costly and time consuming, but I am sure the parents and girls will both appreciate and enjoy the occasion. My troop decided to spend the afternoon fixing themselves a meal and then enjoying the meal together.
So, if you want to do this as a troop or family meal, first get the girls together and decide what they would like to make. Depending on the size of the troop, each girl can help with each dish or maybe more than one entree and dessert needs to be prepared so all can help. The key to this Try-It is to create different types of dishes (desserts, main course, side, and salad) or different cooking methods (bake, boil, blend in mixer, etc.) With that being said, think ahead about different dishes or cooking methods to use prior to the meeting. This way you can steer the girls in the right direction with their meals. You do not have to make everything from scratch either. Getting the girls in the kitchen is the most important part. If you want macaroni and cheese, save time and use a boxed variety.
Plan out the meal according to the participants. If it is only going to be the troop, have them make something they will enjoy. If their parents are involved, make something a little more adult friendly besides hot dogs or macaroni and cheese. Make sure each item has several steps in it so the whole troop can participate in a measuring or stirring step for each menu item. Also, have them mix up lemonade to drink so they can take part in that as well.
When the day arrives, make sure to begin with safety in the kitchen. Tell them you will get the items out of the oven and you will use the sharp knives. If there are some soft fruits to cut or something easy, let them have a turn but keep watch carefully to make sure they are cutting correctly. Set up the kitchen area with each item in a different location and make them “stations.” Again depending on the troop size, have enough dishes so each girl can do at least one step in every type of dish. Make sure you are able to break down the steps so that each girl will have a fair turn at each station. After they have washed their hands, have the girls rotate through the stations and mark off the list what step they did to avoid confusion.
Once everything is made and is cooking, get a person to stir anything on the stove. This should be a job for a person that missed out on a step at a station maybe. If they all have a fair share, then allow them each to take a turn stirring or checking on food or whatever is required at this point. The next thing they should do while the food is cooking is to set the table. This is not really a requirement for this Try-It, but it still helps teach good manners and proper place settings.
After the food is cooked and out of the oven or off of the stove, have them wash their hands again and get ready to serve. Tell them they will be serving each other. With the other girls sitting at the table, one girl is selected to serve first. She should go to the line and put one scoop of everything on the plate and serve it to the person to the right of her at the table. To avoid any hurt feelings, make sure they are passing out the food in a certain way (to the right or left of them or alphabetically or whatever) so that some girl is not getting left out.
Make sure they do not eat until all the food is served and drinks are poured. (You should probably pour the drinks so they do not spill it.) Once the food is served, you may choose to bless the food and let them enjoy! If they want, they can talk about their favorite part of the cooking process while they are eating. Of course, once everyone is finished, make sure they all clean up their messes.
My troop had a lot of fun cooking together. If a girl wants to do this alone, she can just pick some recipes and help her mom cook. The planting seeds option and recipe book option are also available if anyone would rather do those. No matter what they choose to do, you should mention the fact that food does not come from a grocery store, it comes from a seed. Help them understand the growing of crops to sustain our food supply. This will make them better informed all the while having fun.