In this Issue:
  • Let’s Talk Tomatoes
  • Gifts from the Kitchen Make the Holidays Special
  • Smart Holiday Packaging
  • Getting Prepared for the Canning Season
  • Frustrated by UFOs in Your Kitchen?
  • Preserving Food: It is Not Like In Grandma’s Day
  • Soup’s On!
  • Totally Tasty Tomatoes
  • Food Preservation

    Let’s Talk Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are abundant this time of year and you have many options to buy local and fresh. Tomatoes are one of the most popular home garden vegetable to grow and should now be providing the home gardener with fresh ripe bounty from now until summers end. Our local farmer’s markets are also selling tomatoes …

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    Gifts from the Kitchen Make the Holidays Special

    It is that time of year when we think about giving special gifts to the people in our lives that mean the most to us. Your list might include teachers, neighbors, friends and co-workers. Gifts don’t have to be expensive, it is the thought behind the gesture that means the most to your friends …

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    Smart Holiday Packaging

    During the holiday season nothing carries good cheer and holiday spirit across the miles like receiving a package full of homemade treats.

    If you go to the effort of preparing food gifts, you want to be sure the contents arrive in the condition they were sent in. The first step is to pack it …

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    Getting Prepared for the Canning Season

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    In addition to planting your spring garden and reviewing the latest food safety materials, you should consider having your pressure canner gauge tested. Today’s pressure canner may have a dial gauge for indicating the pressure or a weighted gauge, for indicating and regulating the pressure.

    Weighted gauges will either keep rocking gently …

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    Frustrated by UFOs in Your Kitchen?

    Does your kitchen freezer resemble an archaeological dig in an iceberg? Do you ever see what you think is what you’re looking for in the very back? As you reach for it, half of everything else falls out onto your kitchen floor? UFOs (Unidentified Frozen Objects) end up everywhere. Your reaction may be something like, …

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    Preserving Food: It is Not Like In Grandma’s Day

    Home canning has changed greatly in the 170 years since it was introduced as a way to preserve food. Grandma may have cooked her green beans and poured them into hot jars but open kettle canning is not recommended today.   Scientists have found ways to produce safe, higher quality products to replace outdated recipes and …

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    Soup’s On!

    Nothing tastes as good on a cold, winter day as a nice hot bowl of soup.  Soups are easy to make and economical.  Homemade soups are healthy.  They are a great way to pack more vegetables into your diet.  You can control the amount of sodium by making your own broth or white sauce or …

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    Totally Tasty Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in backyard gardens.  With each plant capable of producing 8-10 pounds of fruit or more, good gardeners may have more tomatoes than they can eat.  If you lack a green thumb, tomatoes are easy to find at farmers markets, roadside stands, and even grocery stores.

    Botanically, the tomato …

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