When it comes to government food commodities, sometimes even hungry people don’t want to take them because they aren't sure how to prepare them. That’s what staff of Multi-Service Center’s Federal Way Food Bank has found over the years.
Take canned pork, for instance. The can looks funky without a paper label. And what does canned pork taste like? Can it even be good?
Federal Way resident and dietician Kay Ach came up with a solution. Cook up a recipe with canned pork and let people taste it.
On a recent Wednesday at MSC’s Federal Way Food Bank, Kay fired up her electric skillet and created Apricot Pork Picante, a spicy, flavorful dish she served over rice. Cooked like that, one 24-ounce can feeds a family of four.
“I’ve been a dietician for a long time, so finding recipes really turns me on,” she says. “I seek out recipes that have very few ingredients and can be cooked easily.” Kay cooked up the pork dish in a few minutes, first sautéing the pork in oil, and then adding the remaining ingredients of apricot jelly, salsa, and taco seasoning. Voila! (And yes, it tasted good!)
Kay, who teaches nutrition classes online for the University of Phoenix, recently started volunteering at the food bank and plans to offer these cooking demonstrations twice a month.