Category: Tasty Bites

Healthy Tips – Carrots

Did you know? Carrots are not always orange and can also be found in purple, white, red or yellow. Carrots were the first vegetable to be canned commercially. Choose well-shaped, smooth, firm, crisp...

Healthy Tips – Asparagus

Did you know? Asparagus is known for its unique, savory taste and is a good source of folate, vitamin K, iron, and fiber. This makes it valuable during pregnancy and means it can contribute to heart...

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...

Healthy Tips – Sweet Potatoes

Did you know? The sweet potato is a starchy, sweet-tasting root vegetable. They have a thin, brown skin on the outside with colored flesh inside, typically orange in color, but other varieties are...

Healthy Tips – Tomatoes

Did you know? The tomato is a fruit from the nightshade family native to South America. The Spanish first introduced tomatoes to Europe, where they became used in Spanish and Italian food. Despite...

Healthy Tips – Squash

Did you know? Squash is native to the Americas; remains have been found in Central America and Mexico dating back as far as 7000 BC. Yellow varieties of squash provide numerous health benefits; high...

Healthy Tip – Silver Queen Corn

Did you know? Silver Queen Corn is a favorite; the 8-inch tapered ears fill to the tip with 14-16 rows of tender, sweet white kernels with excellent flavor. Kernels contain moderate degrees of sugar...

Healthy Tip – Cucumbers

Did you know? The cucumber is originally from South Asia, but now grows on most continents. It is high in beneficial nutrients, plant compounds, and antioxidants beneficial to health. Cucumbers are...

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...

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