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Alabama Extension Offers Flood Resources for Food Crop Growers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Hurricane Dorian dumped rainfall along the East Coast and many are left dealing with floodwaters and crop damage—especially food crop producers.

Kristin Woods, an Alabama Extension regional food safety agent, …

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Washing Raw Poultry Can Lead to Foodborne Illness

For many years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recommended that poultry should not be washed prior to or during meal preparation. The reason for this recommendation is to prevent the spread of foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella…

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Acidify Tomatoes to Prevent Botulism, Bacterial Concerns

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Many tomato varieties grown today are not as acidic as varieties grown in years past. The USDA recommends acidifying tomatoes before canning to avoid health concerns.

Angela Treadaway, an Alabama Extension food …

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Freeze Vegetables This Summer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – From tomatoes to squash, summer is filled with a wonderful bounty of garden vegetables. Wouldn’t it be great to have these fresh vegetables all year long? Luckily, people can freeze fresh produce from the local…

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Food Safety, Quality in Home Canning are Important

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Many gardeners enjoy canning homegrown fruits and vegetables for later use. It is important to use fresh foods, can soon after picking and follow recommended processing times and procedures. This will help ensure w…

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Drying Fruits at Home

Drying is the oldest method of preserving fruits. Instead of canning or freezing, most fruits can be dried. It is easy and can also be the least expensive method. Many fruits can be stored for 6 months to a year.

Selectin…

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Drying Herbs

Of all the methods of preserving food, drying is the simplest. Dried food is preserved by the removal of water. It weighs less and takes up less storage space than fresh foods. Drying is fairly easy and relatively inexpensive. It re…

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Food Safety for Southern U.S. Food Crop Producers After Flooding

Throughout the Gulf Coast states, floods directly affecting food production (including produce, grains, and animal feed) are relatively rare. Preparing for or reacting to flooding in terms of keeping food safe is not something that …

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Pickling Foods at Home

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—When people hear the word “pickle”, many automatically think of cucumber pickles. However, there are many foods that can be pickled. Pickling foods at home may sound difficult or time consuming, but there are both …

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Egg Safety—Grading Eggs

Eggs are graded based on United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards. These standards use certain specifications to determine the grade of an egg.

 

Download a PDF of Egg Safety—Grading Eggs, …

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Structure of an Egg

An egg has three basic parts: the shell or cuticle, the white or albumen, and the yolk.

Cuticle /Cuticula (or bloom)
Thin protective coating sealing pores of the shell.
White (albumen)
Must have a high percentage of th…

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Nutrition Facts Labeling Services

The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) states that all food intended for retail sale must have nutrition facts on the package. Foods that contain insignificant amounts of all the nutrients required in the declaration of nutrition f…

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Nutrition Facts Panel Order Form

Following these important steps will ensure the speediness and accuracy of your Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP):

Please include the most accurate measurement of each ingredient as possible. Weighted measurements (grams, ounces by weight, p…

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Grilling Up Food Safety for Memorial Day

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Memorial Day jump starts summer fun and activities. Friends, families and grilling make for a memorable holiday. Janice Hall, a regional food safety agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds peop…

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Wise Methods of Canning Vegetables

Aren’t you proud when you look in your pantry and see all those jars of pretty canned food? Or has your canned food begun to turn dark, leaking liquid from under the lid, or is it cloudy looking? Learn the latest methods and t…

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