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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....

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...

Healthy Tip – Holiday Food Safety

Did you know? How to avoid common pitfalls that can turn Holiday Meals into a foodborne illness disaster and how to handle leftovers safely? For more details see, HGIC 3566, Food Safety Pitfalls at...

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....

Safe Handling of Seafood

Selecting the Best Federal regulations require that all parts of the seafood industry implement safe handling practices to keep seafood safe. The regulations require that those handling seafood have...

Pickled Cucumbers

Bread-&-Butter Pickles Ingredients: 6 pounds of 4- to 5-inch pickling cucumbers 8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 3 pounds) ½ cup canning or pickling salt 4 cups vinegar (5 percent) 4½ cups...

Traveling with Food

Many families enjoy taking food along on trips for picnics and to keep little stomachs (and mouths) full while driving in the car. However, improperly stored food could result in an unwanted...

Safe Handling of Sausages & Hot Dogs

Selecting the Best Sausage There are so many varieties of sausages! How long can you store them—and where? Are they fully cooked or not? The following background informa-tion will answer these...

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