Baking & Other Culinary Activities
"In our bakery are baked all the bread, pies, and pastry used by the officers and boys of this institution. Never have we had poor bread. One hundred and fifty loves are baked daily, making an annual output of 54,000 loaves or 109, 500 for the biennial period.
Pies for those boys on the "roll of
honor" are baked twice per week and doughnuts and ginger cakes are also
given the school each week. The boys faithfully endeavor to learn what
there is to be learned in the bakery have no trouble securing employment when
they are ready for parole. There is a good demand for helpers in bakeries
through-out the state...
The kitchen presents a busy appearance from early in the morning until late in the evening to prepare all the food for 250 boys and officers, besides handling all the fruit and vegetables our garden produces, is something of a task. A first-class cook is employed to teach the boys assigned to her how to properly prepare food in an appetizing, and therefore economical manner. In this way the culinary department is made as much a school as any other department of the institution.
To know how to cook well is to be a public
benefactor, and the public, which has suffered long, is ever ready to welcome
into its midst one who knows how to do it. The colored boys, as a rule,
make good cooks and waiters and often find work in the same lines when they are
paroled if they show a disposition to do what is right in every way."1
"Tasty steaming food, on shining aluminum trays, make our meals eagerly looked forward to. The cafeteria system of serving has proved not only popular but economical. The menu is not of the monotonous type, but varied with proper distribution of calories, by a competent dietitian. Here are some week-day menus taken at random:
BREAKFAST: grapefruit, hot cooked rice, sugar and milk, scrambled eggs and ham, buttered toast, and milk.
DINNER: sausage cakes, mashed potatoes, and gravy, stewed tomatoes, apple and celery salad, corn muffins, butter, frosted applesauce cake, milk."2
1. State Industrial School, Twelfth
Biennial Report 1903 - 1904, Golden: Industrial School Press,
1904. Stored at the Colorado State Archives RCC 10150.
2. State Industrial School, A Pictorial Presentation of Activities at the Colorado State Industrial School, Golden: Industrial School Press, 1949. Stored at the Colorado State Archives RCC 10151.
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