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Foodborne Illnesses: Bacteria

What is Foodborne Illness? Foodborne illness often shows itself as flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Often people may not recognize that the illness is caused by...

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...

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....

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...

Canning Venison

Deer and other wild game provide wholesome, nourishing food. These meats can be pressure canned for future use but should be handled carefully to guarantee safety and retain quality. Wild meat is...

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