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Fall, Fairs, Festivals & Food Safety

Now that fall season is here, communities are offering hayrides, pumpkin picking, fall festivals, craft shows, and more. When thinking about these fall activities, many people start to crave iconic fall festival food, such as apple pies, hot spiced cider, … Continue reading

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Acidifying Canned Tomatoes & Tomato Products

You’ve heard us say it before – vegetables and other low acidity foods must be canned in pressure canners in order to reach temperatures high enough to kill harmful microorganisms that would otherwise grow. Many consumers typically think of tomatoes … Continue reading

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Prepare to Preserve: Pressure Canner Testing

Finally, summer is here and your garden may be offering a bounty of fresh produce. If you plan to preserve your harvest throughout the season by using a pressure canner, one of the most important things that you can do … Continue reading

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Tips for Freezing Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are one of the many joys of springtime. They add wonderful, bright flavor to your foods and can make an otherwise colorless food colorful! (Think chives on a baked potato). Whether you’re buying bunches of parsley from the grocery … Continue reading

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Happy [and Safe] Birthday!

Almost every single member of my immediate and extended family has a birthday in March or April. For us, it is a time of gifting, celebrating and eating cake! It seemed like a great time to shed some light on … Continue reading

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Safe, Smart Super Bowl Sunday Snacking

Super Bowl Sunday is a day for friends and family to gather around the television, cheer for favorite teams, enjoy the best new commercials and snack on finger foods. Relaxing and grazing on dips, appetizers and other indulgences is part … Continue reading

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