Food safety

Getting the Most from Your Pick-Your-Own Experience

I was out on a farm visit last week and saw strawberries starting to color up! That means the pick-your-own season has begun, and it’s a good time to review strategies for getting the most out of your experience.

Some farms are a little behind schedule this year due to the hard winter and late spring, so the first strategy is to check the website or call the farm ahead of time. You want to make sure they are open and have strawberries available for picking. 

Q. Can you suggest a good source of information on food storage topics ?

Q. Can you suggest a good source of information on food storage topics such as how long fresh eggs keep their quality in the refrigerator or whether I can still eat those jars of home canned green beans I put up three summers ago?

A. The answers to these and many other questions can be found in The Food Keeper, a free publication developed by the Food Marketing Institute in conjunction with Cornell University’s Institute of Food Science. The publication offers information for each food listed about how long it can be stored in a pantry, refrigerator, or freezer for optimal quality and flavor. In addition to extensive lists of refrigerated, frozen, fresh, and shelf-stable foods and condiments, the publication contains information on food safety and proper food storage.

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