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30 MyPlate Steps to a Healthier You

We can benefit from taking small daily steps to improve our diet and lifestyle. Follow these 30 steps from http://myplate.gov  to get started. On the internet, go to...

Preserving Foods

Unless food is preserved in some manner, it begins to spoil soon after it is harvested or slaughtered. The main methods of food preservation that will keep food safe are canning, freezing and...

Safe Handling of Fish

Selecting the Best Spotting a Safe Seafood Seller: Always purchase fish from a dealer that maintains high quality. Based on FDA’s Food Code, here are some ways of spotting a safe fish dealer:...

Home Canning Equipment

Canning is the process in which foods are placed in jars or cans and heated to a temperature that destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes. This heating and later cooling forms a vacuum seal....

Holiday Meats—Not Just Turkey!

Turkey is the centerpiece of many holiday meals in South Carolina, but it’s not the only main dish tradition. Rib roast, ham, lamb, venison and pheasant are also popular choices. Small birds like...

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...

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