Cooperative Extension Test Kitchen Facts

photo of inside of test kitchen

The Cooperative Extension Service developed its test kitchen in 2004 with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Department of Environmental Conservation-certified facility is located in Extension’s statewide building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

Our test kitchen is open to the public for use for events, catering or small food production. This allows producers access to a certified kitchen while they get their businesses off the ground. Please note that the kitchen is on the second floor, and no elevator is available; please plan your supplies accordingly.

We recently received a 15-gallon batch pasteurizer that will soon be available for small producers who would like to pasteurize and make their dairy products in our facility.

We also currently use our test kitchen to develop recipes for various school lunch programs. We’re integrating barley into baked goods for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and developing recipes using Alaska fish for schools in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.

For more information

photo of Kate Idzorek working in test kitchen
Kate Idzorek

food research technician


Projects in process

  • Creating checklists for small producers to guide them through the process of becoming a small food-based business
  • Developing publications in conjunction with DEC and Department of Natural Resources on pasteurization and guidelines for small cheese-making operations, and information on potentially hazardous foods
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