Mrs. Misner is preparing homemade noodles in her YouTube video. If you would like to watch this video and more, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNbZKPuXPmEqLvOSdynWjQ.
In the course of being quarantined at home, I have gained a new appreciation for all the work people put into developing videos.
Studying recipes to prepare to present them to others requires a different skill set. I have spent many years cooking and testing recipes, but preparing to show other people on video has proven to be hard work.
It also takes time to clean, set up, and prepare ingredients for the videos. Before shooting the video, the kitchen has to be spotless. Mise en plas (French for everything in place); utensils and tools out, produce rinsed, and ingredients organized, all of this work helps meal preparation go smoother and makes filming much faster.
Talking in front of the camera for my videos and food preparation has been so fun. This is something all Family and Consumer Science teachers practice every year. Demonstrating how to make a variety of dishes in the FACS kitchens for students is one of my favorite things to do in class. But, talking in front of a camera is a little different, so there are takes and retakes to ensure my words make sense and flow naturally.
Editing all that video is important. The app ‘IMovie’ allows me to clip the videos, add music, speed up the work and create a cohesive cooking video. The music was a concern of mine from the beginning because I knew I did not want to break copyright laws, but I found the YouTube Music Library. All the music can be used for free in any YouTube video. I have enjoyed listening to and selecting tunes to go with my videos.
After all that work is done the next step is posting it to YouTube which seems easy, but since the video is on my IPad, I have to get it to my computer and then online. This requires me to complete a series of saves, wait for things to upload, then download and then upload again to YouTube. Sometimes this step can take twelve hours.
Now that I have uploaded some videos on YouTube, I have gotten some positive responses. My most viewed video is Granny Mary Jo’s (Mary Jo Delph) Homemade Noodles. Students make these every year and each year students take home their own bag of noodles to cook for Thanksgiving. Now, students, friends and anyone in the world can learn how to make and prepare these homemade noodles.
I have also created a video demonstrating how to make my son’s favorite food, my Grandma Jeanette’s (Jeanette Misner) Banana Bread. I shared this video on Facebook and many of my friends tried the recipe and sent me pictures of them preparing it in their own homes. One of my friends who is gluten intolerant even adapted the recipe using gluten-free baking flour and reported that it was delicious.
Each year we prepare Jamaican Gizzada (a coconut tart) when we study the Caribbean, so this year I demonstrated how to make it for my students in one of my YouTube videos. I was super-excited when Madison Koenig sent me pictures of hers prepared and she said “I just tried them with my family! We all thought they were soooo good! I can’t wait to make them again!”
In another video I make Pot Pie inspired by the resourceful, hearty meals of New England to use in an assignment for Advanced Nutrition and Wellness. It was even more fun to watch Keelin Coulter prepare the pot pie with her grandfather. She recorded the process, edited her video and posted it to our class flip grid.
These are definitely strange times, but it has been fun trying something new and finding out how students respond to the material.
Everyone with the internet or a smart phone can access these videos and recipes on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNbZKPuXPmEqLvOSdynWjQ. Feel free to subscribe, like and share with your friends on facebook and twitter. Also, please feel free to comment in the feedback. :)
Betsy Misner has been the Family and Consumer Science, formerly Home Economics, teacher at White River Valley for over a decade. Her motivation is helping students to strive for strong, happy, healthy families and providing career pathways. Check out more of what is happening in the classroom by following her on Twitter: WRVFACS@BetsyMisner