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Produce Safety Alliance Training Workshops Continue

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will continue conducting Produce Safety Alliance training workshops in April and May. 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 of Agriculture and Industries. The ... 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 »

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 »

Alabama Extension: Recovery Resource for State’s Residents

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AUBURN, Ala.—Irma will pass over Alabama sometime Monday most likely as a tropical storm, but the storm’s impacts will be felt by Alabama residents for the coming days, weeks and possibly months. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reminds citizens that Alabama Extension professionals will be partners in recovery efforts. “Extension has a wealth of recovery ... 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 »

Posts, Tweets, Pins Encourage Healthier Lifestyle Choices

AUBURN, Ala. – Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. The new initiative launched in early 2017 to better reach residents across the state with research-based education. Live Well Alabama, which focuses on nutrition and physical activity, can now easily be found on Facebook, Twitter and ... Read More »

Food Safety and Meal Delivery Services

Auburn, Alabama — Meal delivery services have recently become popular among consumers to make eating at home healthier and more convenient. Meal delivery subscriptions make having a home cooked meal possible without grocery shopping or leaving the house. Besides the obvious perks to having your dinner ingredients waiting at your doorstep weekly, there are some things to be aware of ... Read More »

Expiration dates 101

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Auburn, Alabama—Expiration dates are posted on all packaged and/or processed food items found in the grocery store. However, fruits and vegetables are left for us to wonder if they are safe or not to eat. This can cause confusion when trying to remember how long certain produce items will stay fresh and where they can be stored. What are the ... Read More »

Home canning: A fresh take on fresh foods

Auburn, Alabama—The saying “you are what you eat” has never been more true than in today’s society. In a culture where preservatives and chemicals almost cannot be avoided ingredients in foods, it can be hard to find genuine fresh foods to eat. Canning fruits and vegetables at home is a great way to preserve fresh foods in a safe way ... Read More »