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Food Safety & Preservation

Latest food safety and preservation information from Cook County Extension
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Washing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

It is no secret that fresh produce can harbor bacteria, fungi, and other microbes along with trace amounts of chemicals. Soil, dirt and dust will cling to fresh produce as well. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help improve the safety of your fresh fruits and vegetables. The following are recommendations from the University of Colorado Extension. Under running water, rub fir...

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Posted by Drusilla Banks at 6:24PM on 4/7/2011
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Mary Harkenrider plants an Earth box.

Need a Warm up? Here's a Spicy Fall Dish.

As the weather gets chilly, you may be looking for a heartier, spicy meal. Green chilies can still be found in-season around Chicago. We just finished picking the last of our hot peppers at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Look to our urban hort website to learn more about fall gardening. If you do not have a garden at home, look to your local farmers market or grocery to find...

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Posted by Nancy Kreith at 3:15PM on 10/25/2010
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Apples

Pick Your Apples Now!

According to the Chicago Tribune local apple orchards have been picked bare. A warm spring and summer moved up the fall picking season, while some local farmers endured spring freezes that cut their harvests by as much as 40 percent from last year. For More Information >>>>...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 3:53PM on 10/9/2010
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Musical Notes

Fun Food Safety Music Videos

The focus of this web site site is to promote food safety. The site uses musical animations to get their message across to the viewer. The animations were produced at New Mexico State University as part of USDA CSREES National Integrated Food Safety Initiative Project Number CD-D-FST-7057-CG. The project title is "Improving Food Safety Education Through Use of Music-Based Curricula" and the P...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 3:36PM on 10/9/2010
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Fruits and Vegetables

Best Practices: Handling Fresh Produce in Schools

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Introducing children to them in schools will improve their present and future health. Fresh produce must be handled safely to reduce the risks of foodborne illness. There are a number of steps that foodservice employees can take to minimize the chances for fruits and vegetables they handle to become contaminated. Best practices for...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 11:26PM on 10/3/2010
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Apples

Apples are Peaking: Choose the Best Preservation Method

Did you know that once an apple tree begins to bear fruit, it will do so for a century? Today, there are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States. Fall weather brings the best fresh apples in bushels. How can I preserve these apples while they are peaking, you ask? Preserved apple products can add lots...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 9:21PM on 10/3/2010
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Pumpkins

Resources for Home Preserving Pumpkins

Pumpkins offer far more than a door-stop at Halloween. Make them do double duty. Instead of carving a face in your Halloween pumpkin, use nontoxic paint or marker pens to create a unique face. After Halloween has passed, the pumpkin flesh inside can be preserved by canning, drying, freezing, and it makes excellent freezer or refrigerator pres...

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Posted by Ron Wolford at 5:24PM on 10/2/2010
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