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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...

Chestnuts

When growing chestnuts at home, it is important to distinguish between the “real” chestnut trees (Castanea species) and those trees producing horsechestnuts and buckeyes (Aesculus...

Vibrio vulnificus

The organism Vibrio vulnificus causes wound infections, gastroenteritis or a serious syndrome known as “primary septicema.” V. vulnificus infections are either transmitted to humans...

Scombroid Poisoning

Scombroid poisoning usually is not a severe or long-term illness, and prevention is not difficult, yet occurrence continues throughout the world. The principal threat is from fresh fish, but the...

Ciguatera

What is Ciguatera? Ciguatera is a unique type of food poisoning caused by the consumption of marine species that harbor natural toxins originating in certain tropical waters. These species and...

Drying Foods

Food drying is one of the oldest methods of preserving food for later use. It can either be an alternative to canning and freezing or compliment these methods. Drying food is simple, safe and easy...

Preserving Tomatoes

Canning Tomatoes Quality: Select only disease-free, preferably vine-ripened, firm fruits for canning. Quantity: An average of 21 pounds of whole or halved tomatoes (22 pounds of crushed tomatoes),...

Preserving Tomato Sauces & Ketchup

Canning Tomatoes & Tomato Products Tomatoes and tomato products have traditionally been canned in a boiling water bath (212 °F). However, recent research shows that for some products, pressure...

Drying Fruits

Dried fruits are unique, tasty and nutritious. It might be argued that dried fruits are even tastier than fresh fruits. They have been called nature’s candy. Dried fruit tastes sweeter because the...

Drying Vegetables

Vegetables can be preserved by drying. The longer the drying time, the less flavorful and the less tender the product. The drying time can be hastened by drying small, uniformly cut pieces. Because...

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