Schools replace deep fryers for healthier cooking

Marshall County will now bake items to meet with new meal regs.

July 12--Measurements were taken in Marshall County school kitchens last week as the food service director took another step toward serving food that's baked instead of deep-fried.

Convection ovens are to be installed where deep fryers are now. Baking will cost less because the ovens use less electricity and the school lunch program won't have to buy as much cooking oil.

Then there's the fact that baked food is better for you.

"We are working to provide healthier and more nutritious meals for our children," County Schools Director Jackie Abernathy said Friday with Larissa Delk, the schools' food service director.