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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

trick or treating

AUBURN, Ala.–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, ... 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 »

Video Highlights Proper Use of Food Thermometer

Placing a Meat Thermometer in a Turkey

Just in time for the holidays, Dr. Janet Johnson, an Alabama Extension Regional Food Safety Agent, demonstrates several different types of food thermometers and how to use them correctly. Janet also explains proper food cooking temperatures and the variances between the FDA and USDA. For more information,  visit  Alabama Extension’s Food Safety webpage. Read More »

Holiday Cooking Safety

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many people that means long hours in the kitchen. However, sickness can be easily contracted and spread through food preparation. To avoid the unwanted holiday bug, it is very important to be safe and clean while in the kitchen. Kristin Woods, an Alabama Extension agent in Southwest Alabama is an expert in food ... Read More »

Get Advice and Recipes from Food Hotlines and Websites During Holiday Season

Many food companies have opened their hotlines, offering 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,” said Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Many also offer ... Read More »