Author: Adair Hoover

Backyard Chickens & Their Eggs

Backyard chickens are trending in South Carolina, and they don’t just live in the country anymore. Plenty of city dwellers are carving out backyard space to raise chickens, and to great benefit....

Preserving Figs

Do you have a fig tree? A friend with a fig tree? Or access to locally grown figs? If so, we have a great recipe on the Home & Garden Information Center website for making fig preserves! I made...

Making Sauerkraut

What do sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, miso, and yogurt have in common? They are all fermented foods. Fermenting has been around for thousands of years and is the method of preparation for a variety...

Pressure Canning

Every year we get the following question at the Home & Garden Information Center: “I canned my green beans in a water bath canner. Are they safe?” And when we say NO, we hear: “But my mother and...

No Canning Zucchini & Summer Squash

The one thing we know, FOR SURE, about food safety is that it is always evolving. That is one of the main reasons, Food Safety Agents are always pushing for people to always reference research-based...

Canning and Preserving Tips: Why Blanch?

Why blanch vegetables before freezing? Blanching vegetables before freezing is critical to quality, but not safety. Blanching is scalding vegetables in boiling water or steam for a short time. It is...

Flavored Vinegars

Vinegars garnished with sprigs of herbs or a layer of berries adds extra flavor and excitement to dishes. Vinegars are easy and safe to make at home, provided a few simple precautions are followed....

Q & A of the Week – Fruit Cake Storage

Q: The holidays have come and gone, but some of us still have leftover food lingering around, and others are stocking up on post-season grocery sales. We got an HGIC call this week from a gentleman...

Holiday Cooking

Reflecting on Thanksgiving and getting ready for round two. Here’s the takeaway: Start your kids in the kitchen early. One day they may make beautiful pies! Befriend someone who lives on a farm and...

Basil and Pesto

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an annual herb that is easily grown in South Carolina. It flourishes in full to part-sun and in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter (pH range 6.0-6.5)....

Making the Most of Fall Pumpkin’s

Here’s a Halloween challenge for people who like to decorate with natural materials and don’t like waste. Cooking pumpkins make great fall decorations. They are smaller than typical...

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