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Food Preservation Workshops Offered

We are offering a series of Food Preservation Workshops this summer! Learn food safety, proper canning techniques, use and care …

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June 7th Is World Food Safety Day

Did you know, unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases. Food safety …

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Dial Gauge Canner Testing

Don’t you just love all of the great fresh fruits and vegetables that are part of summer? Whether you are …

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Handling Raw Chicken Safely

Chicken is a versatile and affordable source of lean protein, making it very popular among both beginner and advanced …

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Trusted Food Preservation Resources

Here are some trusted resources to help you with your food preservation questions. The National Center for Home Food Preservation …

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Count on Me NC

NC State Extension, in partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Restaurant and Lodging Association and …

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GMO Food Labeling

You may have seen controversy over GMOs and labeling in the media. Keep watching for a breakdown of the …

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May Is National Strawberry Month

These delicious red fruits are great for your heart. They increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and …

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Planning for Canning Season

Canning season is upon us! Follow these quick tips to make sure your equipment is in check for a safe, …

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    Basic Food Microbiology

    This factsheet describes the role microorganisms play in food production. Bacteria, viruses, yeasts, molds, and …

    8/18/22

    The Questions on Salvaging Flooded Crops

    This factsheet addresses the question of whether or not it is possible to salvage crops …

    8/18/22

    Listeria

    This factsheet provides an overview of Listeria and provides guidance on the prevention of foodborne …

    8/18/22
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    To Zap or not to Zap? Food Irradiation

    This factsheet describes the process of irradiating food

    8/18/22
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    Measuring the Heat

    Temperature control is an important aspect of food safety and using a thermometer is an important …

    8/18/22For Safety's Sake

    Pickle and Pickle Product Problems

    This guide lists the problems that can arise in making sweet gherkin pickles and describes …

    8/18/22For Safety's Sake

    Meeting the Press: An Agent's Guide to Media Relations

    This factsheet provides guidance to Extension agents on best practices when dealing with media like …

    8/18/22For Safety's Sake

    Refrigerated Foods: Some Rules for Processing

    This factsheet provides guidelines for safely processing refrigerated foods.

    8/18/22