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Holiday Hazards

AUBURN, AL—The holidays are coming up and the last thing people think about are the holiday hazards. Nobody wants to worry during the holidays. Most people have decorations everywhere, food cooking and want to make sure nothing will hurt any body or thing, including kids and pets. People get caught up with the holidays because of the excitement and festivities, but ... Read More »

Preparing Your Produce Properly

Auburn, Ala.—Essential parts of every balanced diet are vibrant fruits and nutritious vegetables. However, with the discussions concerning pesticides in our produce, it is hard to determine which and when fruits and vegetables are safe to consume. Do you have to buy organically grown produce to avoid pesticide residue? Are conventionally grown fruits and veggies a health risk? The recommended way ... Read More »

Food safety when Dressing and Preparing Deer Meat

AUBURN, Ala.–With deer hunting season quickly approaching, hunters need to be reminded of some basic food safety tips to ensure they prepare venison properly. Janice Hall, a regional Extension agent in Food Safety and Quality with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has some hints to prevent contamination and improper food handling when dressing and cooking deer meat.   Always wear gloves ... Read More »

How to safely reheat chili this October

October is National Chili Month, and while many people know of the tasty hot dish, many people are not aware that it can be frozen for many months and then reheated. While it is convenient to save chili for a later date, there are also safety concerns with cooling and reheating chili. “It will keep a good while in the ... Read More »

Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, a ... Read More »

Poultry Preparation Pointers for Gameday

Auburn, Ala.–Fire up your grills because it’s time for football season! When hosting the perfect tailgate, it is essential to have the perfect gameday snacks to serve your friends and family. Chicken is a fan-favorite entrée on football weekends. To ensure a successful gameday, keep safety in mind when preparing, serving and preserving poultry dishes. Whether you are cooking chicken or turkey, ... Read More »

Football Season and Tailgating Parties

tailgating grilling

With the arrival of fall comes football season. What’s more fun than gathering with friends for a tailgating party? However, don’t let cooler weather fool you into thinking you don’t need to consider the possibility of foodborne bacteria spoiling your party. “By being proactive and following these simple procedures for safe food handling, fans will go home healthy from a ... Read More »

Food Safety Safeguards

The demand for fresh, high quality food products is on the rise, which means producers have a greater responsibility of guaranteeing the food that is available to consumers is safe to eat. Food producers and manufacturers must uphold the safeguards created by governmental agencies so that the food that they place on the market does not risk the health of consumers. If a food product is believed to ... Read More »

Tips for Holiday Season Food Preparation

Multi Generation Family Celebrating With Christmas Meal

It’s that time of year again, where the weather becomes colder, your family gathers to celebrate and delicious food is always around. However, there are times when the food doesn’t turn out so delicious or there may be a bit of a kitchen emergencyTo be sure that doesn’t happen to you, Amelia Mitchell, a regional food safety agent with Alabama ... Read More »

Food Friday: Slow Cooker Food Safety for the Holidays

Slow Cooker

Who doesn’t love a delicious, warm meal during the holidays? Between work and holiday shopping, you may not have the time to prepare and cook a full meal in the evening. A slow cooker or crockpot allows you to prepare a delicious holiday meal while you’re at work, or even asleep! When using a slow cooker, it’s imperative to follow several ... Read More »