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Holiday Food Safety Tips - Articles Articles

Holiday Food Safety Tips

Stacy Reed, MS

Follow these food safety tips to keep your holiday and guests safe from food- borne illness. More
Let's Preserve: Freezing Fruits
Let's Preserve: Freezing Fruits - Articles Articles

Let's Preserve: Freezing Fruits

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA

This article explains how to freeze foods successfully and provides details on freezing specific fruits. More
Martha Zepp, The Pennsylvania State University
Versatile Canned Chicken - Articles Articles
Do you like the convenience of opening a can of ready to use meat and having many possibilities for preparing a meal? Think of a can of tuna. You can do the same thing with canned chicken. More
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Preserving Cranberries - Articles Articles

Preserving Cranberries

Martha Zepp

With fresh cranberries readily available in stores from October through December, now is a great time to purchase a supply and preserve them for year-round use. More
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Holiday Leftovers - Articles Articles

Holiday Leftovers

Martha Zepp

The holiday meal is over. You’re ready to relax, sit down and visit with guests. But wait, doing so could result in some uninvited guests—bacteria that love to grow at room temperature! More
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Avoid Food Safety Penalties During Football Season - News News
When tailgating or homegating be sure safe food handling practices are part of your game plan! More
Step-by-Step Process for Making Strawberry Jam
Step-by-Step Process for Making Strawberry Jam - Videos Videos
The perfect jam requires a balance of quality fruit at the peak of ripeness, sugar and pectin. The best way to make jam is to give it a try; the video takes you through the process one step at a time. More
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Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? - Articles Articles

Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety?

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Brad Beatty

Food labels provide consumers with valuable information. Unfortunately, the meaning of label date marks are often misunderstood. More
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Troubleshooting Problems when Canning Applesauce - Articles Articles
Common problems when canning applesauce may include discoloration, siphoning, mold, and jars not sealing. Following good procedures can prevent these from occurring. More
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Preserving Late Season Fall Vegetables - Articles Articles
Fall vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts freeze well; some such as kohlrabi, turnips, and carrots can be canned, and most are excellent in mixed vegetable pickles. More
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Home Food Preservation and the Amazing Apple - Articles Articles
While fresh apples are available most of the year, preserving apples by canning, freezing or drying provides you with many ways to enjoy this delicious fruit. More
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Dried Apples - Articles Articles

Dried Apples

Martha Zepp

Apples dry especially well and make a tasty, nutritious snack that is lightweight, easy to store and use. More
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Food Safety and The Story of Your Dinner - News News
With the start of school, September is the perfect time to get back in the groove of family meals. The benefits of family meals are numerous, but keep food safety in mind during preparation and beyond. More
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Safe Handling for Breast Milk, Formula, and Baby Food - Articles Articles
Safe handling of breast milk, formula, and baby food is important because infants and young children are at higher risk for foodborne illness since they do not have fully developed immune systems. More
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Preserving Your Tomato Harvest - Articles Articles
In late summer many gardeners enjoy a bountiful tomato harvest. This article explores the options for preserving this versatile vegetable. More
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Home Food Preservation, Done Correctly, is a Great Way to Save Harvest - News News
Penn State Extension provides online and on-site education on home food preservation techniques. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Canning Terms: Packing and Processing - Articles Articles
Canning terms can be confusing. Words that meant one thing many years ago may mean something totally different in today’s canning directions. Let’s take a look at some basic canning terms and procedures. More
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Wait to Preserve Sauerkraut - Articles Articles
As cabbage begins to mature, sauerkraut containers begin to make their appearance. Wait! More
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Preserving Those Colorful Garden Peppers - Articles Articles
The colorful medley of red, green, yellow—even purple and orange—peppers may be preserved by freezing, canning, drying, pickling or making into relishes, jams and jellies. More
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Canning Potatoes - Articles Articles

Canning Potatoes

Martha Zepp

Characteristics of special concern when canning potatoes are their low acidity and starchy nature. Potatoes must be canned in a pressure canner for safety. More
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Canning Salsa - Articles Articles

Canning Salsa

Martha Zepp

Freshly cut-up tomatoes, onions, and peppers make delicious sauces to serve over meat and seafood or to eat with tortilla chips. More
Safe Handling and Preparation of Hamburgers
Safe Handling and Preparation of Hamburgers - Videos Videos

Safe Handling and Preparation of Hamburgers

Andy Hirneisen, MA


Raw meat can contain harmful bacteria that can lead to food-borne illness when not handled and prepared properly. Follow these practices to ensure that you, your friends, and family enjoy a safe meal. More
Home Food Preservation: Hands-On Tomatoes and Salsa Training
Home Food Preservation: Hands-On Tomatoes and Salsa Training - Workshops Workshops
Learn about today's recommended methods for home food preservation while dispelling food preservation myths and unsafe practices of the past. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Preserving Color and Preventing Browning of Foods - Articles Articles
When certain fruits and vegetables are cut, the exposure of the flesh to oxygen results in enzymatic browning. There are a number of ways to prevent this from occurring. More
Martha Zepp, Penn State University
Perfect Canned Peaches - Articles Articles

Perfect Canned Peaches

Martha Zepp

When canning peaches select a variety of peach that will maintain its shape and flavor and at its ideal stage of ripeness in order to enjoy their delicate flavor year round. More
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