Safe Preserving: Lots of Tomatoes to Can!

I have a bounty of garden tomatoes to can. How do I know whether to pressure can them or can them in a boiling water canner? There are lots of great things to be said for home-canned tomatoes: the flavor can’t be beat; canned tomatoes are a versatile pantry item, working well in so many […]

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Food Safety for Flooded Farms

Flooding events, especially during the harvest season, can have a significant impact on a farm’s bottom line. Growers need to also consider food safety impacts as they assess damage and consider their options. Several resources are available to help growers in the aftermath of  significant rain events. Food Safety for Flooded Farms (Produce Safety Alliance) […]

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Guidelines for Consuming Late Season Produce Exposed to Floodwater

Heavy rains and the flowing waters that result can contaminate plants growing in the garden and create a food safety hazard. As floodwater moves into your garden, it can carry raw sewage overflow, farm and domestic animal waste, river or pond water, and agricultural run-off, all of which can be sources of human pathogens such […]

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Food Safety & Backyard Poultry

In 2017, live poultry was responsible for 10 Salmonella outbreaks in the United States, sickening more than 1,100 people across 48 states and killing one. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns individuals that contact with live poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Live poultry can carry […]

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Environmental chemicals in food: should you be worried?

Several recent stories in the news media have reintroduced questions related to two chemicals which may be in our food, especially perchlorate and BPA. Perchlorate is a chemical used in fireworks, road flares, explosives, and rocket fuel. It is also sometimes present in bleach and in some fertilizers.Perchlorate  forms naturally in the environment in small amounts. Perchlorate […]

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A Smorgasbord of Foods Recalled for Listeria

In the latest of food recalls due to potential contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, a New Jersey food company is recalling more than a ton of frozen meatballs packaged under the Sam’s Club brand “Member’s Mark” because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Rich Food Products of Vineland, NJ shipped the ready-to-eat […]

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Three Kitchen Items to Help Keep You Food Safe

As we start a new year and look ahead to spring cleaning, there are three kitchen items that can help keep you and your family food-safe. 1. A digital thermometer. A tip-sensitive digital thermometer will make checking the internal temperature of meat, soups, and casseroles accurate and easy.  These days, food thermometers aren’t just for […]

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Expanded Recall: Ice Cream Bars and Biscuits (frozen, bagged)

Risk of illness is back in the news with an expanded, nationwide recall of ice cream bars and another recall of frozen buttermilk biscuits.  IIn addition a recall announced earlier this week of 12-count containers of orange cream bars, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of all chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bars […]

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Is refined coconut oil a healthy choice?

There’s been almost an explosion of products available in the grocery store containing coconut oil and other coconut by-products. Is coconut oil a healthy choice? Coconut oil is a plant-based fat that is about 90% saturated, higher than butter or the fat associated with meats, and much higher than other plant-based fats such as olive […]

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Instant Pot isn’t safe for canning

As a reminder, in early November 2017, I posted an article about electric multi-cookers, the most popular of which is the Instant Pot.  I was at several holiday parties where individuals had received this appliance as a holiday gift.  Are these electric multi-cookers safe for canning? Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No.’ These units have not been […]

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