Spring is on its way and now is the time to plan what produce you may want to plant in your garden. In order to get the most out of your garden space, it’s important to plan what to put in the ground, and also plan how to preserve the bountiful harvest. Careful planning and careful attention throughout the growing season can provide your family with delicious home grown fruits and vegetables throughout the year.
Two resources can help with your planning. The first is the Alabama Extension publication “The Alabama Vegetable Gardner”. It gives vegetable yields per 100 feet of land – an essential planning tool for the home food producer. For example, 100 feet of tomatoes should yield 100 pounds of tomatoes. The publication also contains information [...]
A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. For best quality, you should buy the product before this date.
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The Alabama Farmer’s Market program provides a way for farmers to provide locally grown produce, baked goods, flowers, and other agricultural products to the public. The program helps assure the consumer a high quality product at a reasonable price and a fair profit for the producer. There are a million good reasons to shop Alabama Farmer’s Markets. Here are the top 4 that we came up with:
Homemade ice cream is a fabulous summertime treat, but beware that some ice cream recipes contain a potentially deadly ingredient – raw eggs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2200 illness were reported from Salmonella in eggs in 2009 and 2010. Salmonella can be transmitted from the hen to the egg yolk before the shell forms. For this reason, you should not use raw, unpasteurized eggs in recipes that will not be cooked, like homemade ice cream.
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Because pregnancy affects the immune system, pregnant women and their unborn babies are more susceptible to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause foodborne illnesses. Even if you don't feel sick, some microorganisms like Listeria and Toxoplasma can infect your baby and cause serious health problems. Your baby is also sensitive to toxins from the food that you eat, such as mercury in certain kinds of fish.
SOFT cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, including Brie, Feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, and queso fresco may contain E. coli or Listeria. Listeria is a bacterium which grows at refrigeration temperatures and can cause miscarriages.
Homemade RAW cookie dough and cake b[...]
With the USDA's most recent push for us to consume more produce (www.Choose My Plate.gov) we are encouraged to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, to shoot for a goal of covering one half of our plates with fruits and vegetables, and then eating them up of course.
But with increased intake of produce, especially raw produce, it is inevitable that there will be accompanying increases in foodborne illness incidents caused by harmful bacteria that are naturally present on agricultural products.
Consumers must follow safe handling guidelines for produce at home (www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm114299) but first, at [...]
It's a time-honored tradition for many people to bring food to holiday gatherings. How do you decide who brings what or how to travel with food if you're asked to bring something?
When assigning foods or deciding what to take, consider type of food and distance to travel. Remember the 2-hour rule: Avoid leaving perishable foods at room temperature longer than 2 hours (1 hour in warmer seasons when the temperature is over 90° F). The 2 hours includes preparation time for foods that aren't cooked or foods that need more prepara[...]
Tailgating season brings family and friends together to cheer for their favorite team. This festive time undoubtedly includes eating burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, and maybe even some wild game. All too often, a tailgater may feel a little nauseous and under the weather after the game or maybe even a few days later. Symptoms may have been dismissed as a stomach virus, but more than likely, it was caused by something you ate. When we tailgate, we’re cooking without the luxuries of our home kitchen so special care should be taken to avoid food poisoning.
Plan ahead. Bring coolers with plenty of ice f[...]
Of all the ways to preserve food, drying is the simplest. Removing water from the food prevents the growth of bacteria and mold, and slows down spoilage causing enzymes. Dried foods can be consumed dry (fruit or jerky) or restored by soaking in water (like vegetables). Dried foods are lightweight and take up little storage space compared to canned foods. Here a few frequently asked questions about drying foods.
1. My banana chips don't taste like the ones in the store. What can I do? There are a variety of banana ch[...]
These days it seems everyone wants to buy fresh, locally grown produce, but that means an abundance of peas in August and squash in June. What to do with 20 pounds of squash can be quite a challenge. More and more people are trying food preservation as a way to enjoy high quality, nutritious produce year round. Don’t be afraid to try it – the taste of fresh, locally grown produce is always better than what you buy in the grocery store, even when canned, frozen, or dried. Here are some answers to questions we get in o[...]
One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving meal is the leftovers. Try this Turkey and Broccoli Quiche to mix things up a bit.
Turkey and Broccoli Quiche
2 (9 inch) ready-made piecrusts
1 cup low-fat or skim milk
¾ cup low-fat cheddar cheese
¾ cup cooked, chopped turkey
1 (10 ounce) package frozen, chopped broccoli
¼ cup carrots, shredded
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¾ cup teaspoon garlic salt
Pepper to taste[...]
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