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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 »

Produce Safety Alliance Trainings Set in Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.–The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct Produce Safety Alliance Training for fruit and vegetable growers. The training will focus on produce safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. The new Produce Safety Rule means safer produce for customers. Produce (fruits-nuts, fungi vegetables, ... Read More »

Body Quest Encourages Better Food and Drink Choices, Increase Physical Activity

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AUBURN, Ala.— A group of anime characters, the Body Quest Warriors, are leading the fight to prevent childhood obesity. For the past seven years, thousands of third graders across Alabama have taken charge of their health by participating in Alabama Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) obesity prevention initiative Body Quest: Food of the Warrior. The innovative youth initiative brings technology ... Read More »

Cullman County Extension Office Debuts New Food Trailer

The Cullman County Extension Office recently purchased a food trailer that it is using for various purposes. “Food trucks and trailers can be found all across Alabama selling food items often without healthy options. The Cullman County Extension office hopes to change that with their new food trailer. The trailer is wrapped in purple and with the words ‘eat better, move ... Read More »

Folate: What to Know About This Vitamin

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AUBURN, Ala.—Folate is a vitamin that does not get much attention from current health trends, but it is an essential nutrient for our bodies that provides many health benefits. Folate, a water-soluble B vitamin, metabolizes amino acids and helps create red blood cells. The vitamin also helps synthesize DNA and RNA. Health Benefits  Folate has a great effect on neural ... Read More »