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Plan Ahead for Your Holiday Food Budget

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many families have a hard time staying within their food budget during the holidays. With some careful planning, these problems can be avoided. Extension regional agent Helen Jones with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offers some ways to trim food costs while shopping: Plan menus ahead of time. Decide what you’re going to cook and then look ... Read More »

Yard Sales Can Provide Bargains for Holiday Shoppers

Auburn, Alabama — The busiest shopping season of the year is just around the corner. Consumers should add yard sales to their list of shopping places for holiday items. “Yard sales are great places to find bargains on children’s clothing and toys, seldom worn items such as party clothes, household goods and furniture for college students. Prices on clothes are ... Read More »

Planning Ahead Can Help Keep Santa Out of Debt

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Every year thousands of Americans go into debt during the holidays. With people shopping, attending holiday parties and doing all sorts of activities, it is no wonder we have trouble staying out of debt. An Extension professional offers a few simple tips to help reduce your spending this holiday season. Have A Plan Sharlean Briggs, an Alabama ... Read More »

Composting Good for Environment and Homeowners

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Alabama produces around 2.6 million tons of solid waste every year. Roughly 20 percent of that amount is made up of lawn and garden wastes – grass clippings, leaves, tree and/or shrub prunings, home garden refuse and kitchen wastes. Composting is becoming a growing trend for homeowners to reduce the amount of waste. Start a Compost ... Read More »

Nurturing House Plants during Winter

AUBURN, Ala.—As temperatures begin to fall, it is time to bring plants inside to protect them from the cold. There are some steps to take in order to lessen the shock for your plants and to not bring in any unwanted pests. Lucy Edwards, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says the ... Read More »

Recycling Leaves In Your Yard

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Every fall, most people’s yards are covered in leaves. Many people dispose of them by tossing them out with the trash. Instead of throwing them away, try recycling leaves in your yard this year. “Recycling leaves either for mulch or as compost for improving soil is a good alternative,” said Taylor Reeder, an Alabama Extension home ... Read More »

Protect Your Holiday Treats Against Bacteria

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –  It’s the holidays! This season of goodwill and giving thanks is also a festive celebration of food. With so many delightful foods to choose from, it’s important to keep holiday treats safe from bacteria. Janice Hall, an Alabama Extension regional agent of food safety and quality, offers the following food safety tips to ensure a safe ... Read More »

Deep Frying a Turkey: Know The Safety Protocols

Deep frying a turkey.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – It seems that more and more people are throwing out the traditional roasting method and instead deep frying their Thanksgiving turkey. While this method offers a new and delicious taste, deep frying a turkey can be dangerous. It is important that people who attempt this know all the proper safety protocols. Location This kind of frying ... Read More »

Get Advice and Recipes from Holiday Food Hotlines

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Cooking for the holidays can be stressful. Sometimes, people may need a little help cooking a big holiday meal. Luckily, there are many food company hotlines that offer help with holiday cooking and baking. Janet Johnson, an Alabama Extension regional agent of food safety and quality, said these hotlines can be a great tool during the ... Read More »

Properly Thaw Your Holiday Turkey

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – If you are planning to purchase a frozen turkey for your holiday meal, you must thaw it properly before cooking. Depending on the size of the bird, it could take anywhere from several hours to several days to completely thaw. Alabama Extension professionals offers advice on thawing your turkey this holiday season. Plan Ahead Dr. Jean ... Read More »