Safe Preserving: Peppers

Peppers have grown in popularity in recent years and a wide variety are available at farm markets, in neighborhood grocery stores, and for us to grow in our own gardens. Native to the Americas, most varieties of peppers belong to the Capsicum family. Almost all peppers turn from green to red, yellow, orange or purple […]

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Safe Preserving: Using a Vacuum Sealer

The National Center for Home Food Preservation responds to the question, “Should I vacuum package food at home?” There are numerous types of equipment being marketed for vacuum sealing food at home. These machines may extend the storage time of refrigerated foods, dried foods, and frozen foods. But, vacuum packaging is not a substitution for the […]

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Safe & Healthy: Spring Clean to Eliminate Pantry Pests

Whether it’s washing winter blankets or sweeping away cobwebs, spring cleaning can be challenging, and sometimes fun. Spring cleaning can be a time to clean out cabinets and pantries and get rid of any bugs that have spent the winter hiding in bags of flour or boxes of dried pasta. Here are some tips to […]

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Safe & Healthy: Making Sense of Food Product Dating

Food product dating can be confusing. I think that I hear more questions about food safety and food product dating than any other type. It wasn’t that long ago that  food products were only stamped with a code that helped the food processor track the product, but were of no use to consumers. Now, consumers […]

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Safe & Healthy: Can food be refrozen if it has thawed?

There are times when you might change your mind about what to fix for dinner. Can the food that is thawing in the refrigerator be refrozen? I am happy if my family suggests a meal out at a favorite restaurant; even though I enjoy cooking, a night out can be fun.  But what to do […]

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Safe & Healthy: Canned, Frozen or Fresh?

There are so many options for fruits and vegetables: canned, fresh, or frozen. Which is most nutritious? Researchers at the University of California-Davis have published data comparing the nutritional value of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables, and the results are enlightening. Fruits and vegetables are typically over 90% water and, once they are […]

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Safe Preserving: Mold on Canning Jars

Is it OK to consume products from canning jars that have a white substance  that looks like mold on the outside? These products were kept in a damp basement.  This is a good question to ask.  Mold on the inside of canning jars is a sign of severe under-processing, and these products should not be […]

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