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‘Orange’ You Glad Alabama Grows Satsumas

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 AUBURN, Alabama —The holiday season is a reminder to Alabama residents that Satsumas are ripe for the picking. Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional agent James Miles said producers in south Alabama have been harvesting Satsumas for nearly four weeks. Peak harvest season comes between Thanksgiving and Christmas, making Satsumas a yummy gift or an easy grab in the grocery store. ... Read More »

Stuffing or dressing for Thanksgiving?

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AUBURN, Alabama — Thanksgiving is a time where friends and family gather together to give thanks, enjoy one another’s company and share a good meal. Two main dishes found at most Thanksgiving meals are stuffing and dressing. Do you know how to distinguish between them? Difference between the two “The major difference between the two dishes is that stuffing is more popular in ... Read More »

Final Produce Safety Training Set for Dec. 5

AUBURN, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct the final Produce Safety training workshop of 2017 on Dec. 5 in Mobile. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department ... Read More »

Frying Your Turkey Safely This Holiday Season

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AUBURN, Ala. — In recent years, more holiday chefs have stepped away from roasting the main course and are now frying the turkey. However, using a deep fryer can be extremely dangerous. Use this safety checklist when preparing and frying your turkey. Plan ahead. Allow enough time to thaw the turkey completely. It can take longer than you expect. According ... Read More »

Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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AUBURN, Ala. —Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching. One of the biggest problems cooks face is how to properly thaw their turkey. An improperly thawed bird can result in not just a partially thawed bird but food safety issues as well. Janet Johnson, a regional agent in food safety and quality with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has a few quick and ... Read More »

Importance of Food Preparation and Meal Planning

Auburn, Alabama — It’s 6 p.m. and you just got off work. You are too tired to go to the grocery store or make dinner, but don’t want to spend a lot of money to eat out. What can you do to change this habit? In today’s fast-paced life, this happens quite often for many individuals.  How does a person curb ... Read More »

The Foods of Thanksgiving

Auburn, Ala.—In 2016, Americans carved more than 46 million turkeys at their Thanksgiving meals.  Turkey usually shares the table with many other dishes including dressing, stuffing, and vegetable side dishes as well as salads, gravy and sauces and desserts.  However, no meal is the same in every household. Families have their own holiday dinner traditions that make it special. Some families ... Read More »

Keep Kids Safe at Halloween

AUBURN, Ala.- It is Halloween — time to dress up as your favorite princess or superhero! Children look forward to roaming neighborhoods for free candy the whole year. However, with great fun comes great responsibility. There are many food and clothing safety precautions that parents and homeowners should take before planning trick or treat adventures. Leigh Akins, a family and child development ... Read More »

Lettuce Varieties: What Are You Adding to Your Plate?

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Auburn, Alabama — Lettuce is a staple food item for many people.  However, beyond the typical Iceberg and Romaine, many people don’t realize there are numerous lettuce varieties. With more than 100 different hybrids of lettuce, is one deemed more nutritional than others? “The darker the lettuce, the more nutrients are packed in it,” says Karen E. Softley, an Alabama Extension regional agent in ... Read More »

Storing Food During or After Emergencies

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AUBURN, Ala. —The 2017 hurricane season has struck the southern United States with full force. Storms have left many without power and shelter. Taking some simple precautions when dealing with food during power outages is important. These include: Working with well-scrubbed hands Cleaning all utensils, cutting boards, etc. Keeping food hot (above 140 degrees F) or cold (below 40 degrees ... Read More »