Cumberland County 4-H is Hooked on Fishing

MILLVILLE - Members of the Cumberland County Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs 4-H Club enjoyed a hands-on cooking class using Jersey Fresh locally sourced ingredients and seafood. Local businessman Thomas Merighi Jr. from the Savoy and cousin Mike Feaster stepped up to assist 4-H Club Leader Joe Haase to offer the 4-H’ers an outstanding experience.
“Having dedicated professionals who are willing to devote time and energy into passing along their knowledge is key with anything” explained 4-H Leader Joe Haase.
Youth prepared a menu of fresh seafood that can be replicated at home. The menu included fish tacos which featured fresh cabbage, tomatoes, onions and perch or croaker harvested from the Delaware Bay.
“Perch and croaker are delicious and abundant in NJ coastal waters, but are not considered “trophy fish” often featured on menus,” said 4-H Leader Joe Haase. “These are fish the kids can catch easily on docks and beaches.”
Mike Feaster demonstrated proper cleaning of crabs and instructed members on stacking crabs properly in the pot so that seasoning was absorbed.
“Steamed crabs don't always have to come from a seafood restaurant, but can easily be made at home. There are TONS of spots families can visit to crab right here in Cumberland County, spending around $20 a day. It's a great activity to occupy kids in the summer while school is out,” explains Haase.
Youth also took turns cleaning clams in preparation for a clam and linguine recipe.  Members learned how to tell the difference between a good and bad clam and determine when they are fully cooked. Dessert consisted of strawberry short cake, made from home baked short bread, and homemade strawberry preserve.
For more information about the Cumberland County 4-H Program visit the Cumberland 4-H website.

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