Food safety

Guide to Cleaning Your Reusable Grocery Bags

Published Mar 28, 2017
By Ann Hamilton, UNH Cooperative Extension, Field Specialist, Food Safety More

Holiday Potluck Food Safety Tips

Published Nov 22, 2016
Holiday Buffet Safety Tips By Jeremy DeLisle, UNH Education Center Program Coordinator Q:  Every Thanksgiving, my family gathers for a big potluck buffet – and food sometimes stays out for hours. How can I make sure the food is handled properly and stays safe to eat?  Frank S – Bow, NH More
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Holiday Food Safety Part II: The Buffet

Published Nov 25, 2015
Holiday Food Safety Part II: The Buffet By Jeremy DeLisle, UNH Education Center Program Coordinator Q:  Every Thanksgiving, my family gathers for a big potluck buffet – and food sometimes stays out for hours. How can I make sure the food is handled properly and stays safe to eat?  Frank S – Bow, NH More

Should You Wash Raw Chicken?

Published Oct 2, 2015
By Jessica Sprague, Food Safety Field Specialist I recently read a blog post about the proper way to handle and cook chicken to avoid foodborne illness. While the topic itself is rather straightforward, I was struck by the controversy that appeared in the comments section over whether chicken should be washed before it is cooked. More

Packing a Lunch? Make It Safe!

Published Sep 2, 2015
by Jessica Sprague, Field Specialist, Food Safety Whether we’re ready or not, fall is approaching. The bus stop near my house is populated with cheerful kids each morning during the week. Though I think they may become less chipper as the mornings get darker and cooler in the coming months. I know I will! More

Take Precautions to Avoid Botulism When Home Canning

Published Aug 6, 2015
Ann Hamilton, Food Safety Specialist, Carroll County One of the biggest risks in home canning is botulism. Not following directions precisely can be fatal, as was the case in Ohio this past April. The case involved 29 people who ate potato salad made with home-canned potatoes at a church potluck. Of the 29, one died of respiratory failure shortly after arriving at the emergency department. More

Getting the Most from Your Pick-Your-Own Experience

Published Jun 19, 2015
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.  More

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

Published Feb 6, 2014
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? More

Keep Food Safe

Published Jan 22, 2010
I found old cans of soup when I cleaned out my grandmother's cupboard. Are they safe? How long will eggs last in the refrigerator? Can I store a frozen turkey in the freezer indefinitely? The answers to these and... More

Free pressure-canner testing, food preservation workshops

Published Jun 12, 2009
Thinking about canning the abundance from your garden, CSA, or local farm stand? Before you harvest, make sure you're using current canning information and tested recipes. And make sure your equipment is in good working order. Test your pressure canner... More

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