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Preserving Strawberries

Strawberry season is just around the corner in South Carolina. Having a plan to preserve fresh strawberries can mean more farm-fresh flavor year-round and less food waste. Strawberries are high acid...

Time to Inspect Your Pressure Canner

It is the time of year to start thinking about home food preservation projects for the spring and summer. If you plan to use a pressure canner for safely preserving low acid foods like vegetables or...

Safe Handling of Pork

Selecting the Best Fresh is Best: When buying pork, look for cuts with a relatively small amount of fat over the outside and with meat that is firm and a grayish-pink color. For the best flavor and...

Common Pickle Problems

Can I use flaked salt for pickling? Most recipes call for granulated pickling or canning salt. Flake salt varies in density and is not recommended for pickling. When making quick process pickles,...

Peach Salsa

Peach season is here in South Carolina, adding to the abundance of fresh produce on kitchen counters. A quick and different appetizer is this tasty peach salsa. This sweet alternative to your usual...

Freezing Basics

Freezing is one of the simplest and least time-consuming ways to preserve foods at home. Freezing does not sterilize food; the extreme cold simply retards growth of microorganisms and slows down...

Preserving Tomato Products

(Juice – Salsa – Sauces – Tomatoes with Okra) Canning Tomatoes & Tomato Products Tomatoes and tomato products have traditionally been canned in a boiling water bath (212 °F)....

Preparing for Canning Season

Home canning season is just around the corner. Having equipment ready and recipes selected before fresh produce is available will allow a smooth transition to a busy time of year. Only choose...

Pumpkin Pie Popcorn Mix with Raisins

Spice up your popcorn with this pumpkin pie popcorn mix. It’s delicious any time of year and a great healthy snack for kids and adults of all ages. For more ideas on healthy snacks checkout HGIC...

Reducing Food Waste at Home

Food waste and how to reduce it is a big topic with big implications. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that food waste each year totals 133 billion pounds which includes...

Easter Egg Safety

A few years ago, I crossed paths with an individual who was eager to eat the dyed eggs after a lengthy outdoor Easter egg hunt. My reaction was “No! Don’t do that!”. Foodborne illness is a concern...

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