Food preservation season is now in full swing. I’m hearing about a lot of families making strawberry jam and freezing fresh berries, freezing rhubarb and getting ready for those peas and green beans to start coming on. Before preserving any food, consider the types of foods your family enjoys and the usefulness of the preserved […]
The coolness in the air is a sure sign the seasons are changing from the warm days of summer to the crisp days of fall. Beets are often considered a summer vegetable because they are gown in many backyard gardens. However, in Ohio beets are considered to be in season from June through October. Beets […]
Acidifying Canned Tomatoes & Tomato Products
You’ve heard us say it before – vegetables and other low acidity foods must be canned in pressure canners in order to reach temperatures high enough to kill harmful microorganisms that would otherwise grow. Many consumers typically think of tomatoes as highly acidic foods. However, due to several factors, including ease in harvesting and consumer […]
Know before you Can!
Do you know the difference between a water bath canning process and pressure canning process? If you are planning on canning as a way of preserving food this year, do your homework and find out the safe ways to process your food. Start by checking out the safe, reliable resources available from the National Center […]
A Canning Jar is a Canning jar? Right?
Nope. Wrong. Not all “canning jars” are created equal. Canning jars, sometimes called Mason jars, are a hot trend these days. They are everywhere – from a rebirth of home canning to decorations for weddings and picnics and even countertop storage for small items. True canning jars are made of heat tempered glass to allow […]
Where City Meets Country
“Where City Meets Country” is the theme at our county fair. A county fair is a place to highlight the value of agriculture within and surrounding both urban and rural areas. For many Ohioans who grew up participating in a youth program like 4-H or FFA, the county fair might bring back a lot of […]