Unsafe canning practice: ‘dry canning’ vegetables

A second method of ‘dry canning’ has surfaced, even more unsafe than the first.  One unsafe method of dry canning is oven ‘canning’ of dry goods such as dry beans, nuts or flour. This method of ‘preserving’ dry foods really isn’t canning and it isn’t considered safe.  A second method of ‘dry canning’ involves placing […]

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Positive Salmonella test leads to recall of macadamia nuts

An Illinois company is recalling raw macadamia nuts because of positive test results for Salmonella linked to the batch of nuts. NOW Health Group Inc. (NOW) of Bloomingdale, IL, is recalling its “NOW Real Food Raw Macadamia Nuts” with the product code 7119 and  Lot#3141055, according to a company recall notice posted by the Food […]

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National recall of ground beef: consumers urged to check freezers and refrigerators

Lakeside Refrigerated Services, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 42,922 pounds of ground beef products, some labeled as ‘organic’ that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The raw ground beef items were produced on June 1, 2020 and include the […]

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Caution against canning white-fleshed peaches and nectarines

Unlike their yellow-fleshed cousins, white-fleshed peaches (Prunus persica) boast a creamy pinkish-white flesh that is sweeter to taste and low in acidity. Because the peach tree is a self-fertilizing tree, white peaches occur in nature, but they also develop as a result of hybridization. Varieties of white peaches have been documented as early as the […]

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Say ‘NO’ to dry canning

Instructions have been circulating for ‘dry canning’ of products such as dry beans, flour, and pasta. Just because this process uses traditional canning jars, it isn’t ‘canning’ and, according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, this method of food preservation may not be safe. What is canning? Canning as a method of food […]

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Picnics and potlucks in the time of COVID-19

With warmer weather, many of us are heading outside and anxious to reconnect with family and friends. Even though there is no evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted through food or food packaging, being together with others does increase the chance of exposure to the disease. What are some best practices for picnics and potlucks […]

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Elderberries: beautiful to look at, not for canning

Elderberry bushes have become a popular addition to the home landscape. The fruits are a food source for birds and their flowers attract butterflies and other floral-visiting insects. Elderberry is a native plant growing bush-like to heights of 6 to 12 feet, depending on site conditions. Each bush sends up many canes that flower and […]

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Best Practices for Community Gardeners – Info-graphics in multiple languages

The Division of Extension Horticulture program has expanded the collection of info-graphics for community gardeners this summer.  Info-graphics that outline best practices for community gardeners are now available on the Hort Team website in English, Lao, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.  Please share these broadly, they are a great resource. A handout with best practices for community […]

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Best gardening practices during COVID-19: Info-graphics!

The Division of Extension has developed info-graphics that depict best practices for gardening in community spaces this summer. A community garden can be a great place to meet new friends and exchange gardening tips. This summer of COVID-19 there are some practices that will keep everyone safe and healthy. Feeling ill? Stay at home. Garden […]

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Food safety at farmers’ markets this summer

Spring is a time when we prepare gardens for new seedlings, clear pots for new flowers, and enjoy fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs and much more. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by food, take some commonsense precautions and help keep everyone safe and healthy this summer. At […]

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