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Get Advice and Recipes from Food Hotlines

 Auburn, Alabama—Janet Johnson, a regional food safety agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. says many food companies have hotlines that offer help with holiday cooking and baking. “If you’re stumped on the best way to thaw, prepare or cook a turkey, have a baking-related question or are concerned about food safety, give the folks below a call.”  Many of the companies also offer ... 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

expiration dates

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 »

Getting from Farm to Table: Chilton Food Innovation Center Helps with the Steps In Between

Auburn, Alabama—The Chilton Food Innovation Center, an FDA and ADPH approved facility, assists small fruit and vegetable producers as well as small food businesses with formulation and documentation procedures  to get their products on grocery store shelves. This nonprofit food-processing facility, in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station works to give food processors ... Read More »

Common food safety mistakes to avoid in the kitchen

Auburn, Alabama—Food safety, especially that in restaurants, has been a reoccurring issue. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) tracks all reported cases of outbreaks, the most recent one being earlier this month. Janice Hall, a regional Extension agent in Food Safety and Quality with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is one of the public’s lines of defense when it comes to ... Read More »

Make Slow Cooker Work for You

AUBURN, AL—A slow cooker is a great way to prepare a meal with little effort and time. January is National Slow Cooker Month and is a great time to put this kitchen tool to work for you. “It is an excellent way to prepare a meal without having the time constraints of having to ‘tend to’ your meal to keep ... Read More »

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 »