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Using & Storing Winter Squash

South Carolina-grown winter squash is available in the summer and fall. Winter Squash is Good for You Winter squash is: an excellent source of beta-carotene, which the body uses to make vitamin A. a...

Jelly & Jam Recipes

General Directions Prepare only one recipe at a time because double batches may not gel properly. Use half-pint jars to avoid a weak gel that may result with larger jars due to residual heat during...

Melon Basics

Buying Melons When selecting melons of any variety, look for quality and freshness. The melon rind should have good color and should not be misshapen or bruised. The rind should give slightly at the...

Cucumber Basics

Buying Cucumbers for Fresh Eating Select only well-shaped, firm cucumbers that are a deep green color. Avoid any exceptionally large cucumbers or those appearing puffy, shriveled or withered. At...

Corn Basics

Getting Ready to Preserve Corn Select only tender, freshly-gathered corn in the milk stage. Husk and trim the ears, remove silks, and wash. Canning Corn Wash ears and blanch 3 minutes in boiling...

Food Safety after a Tornado

Be Prepared If you live in an area where loss of electricity from seasonal storms is a problem, you can plan ahead to be prepared for the worst. Keep your freezer as full as possible by freezing...

Dill Pickles & Sauerkraut

How Does Fermentation Preserve? Brined pickles or fermented pickles go through a curing process in a brine (salt and water) solution for one or more weeks. Curing changes the color, flavor and...

Fruit Syrups & Honeys

Fruit Syrups Juices from fresh or frozen blueberries, cherries, grapes, raspberries (black or red) and strawberries are easily made into toppings for use on ice cream, pancakes and pastries. Fruit...

Pickled Foods

Pickled Dilled Beans Ingredients: 4 pounds fresh, tender green or yellow beans (5- to 6-inches long) 8 to 16 heads fresh dill 8 cloves garlic (optional) ½ cup canning or pickling salt 4 cups white...

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