All posts by Vicki Hayman

HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS FOR OLDER ADULTS

Snack Time

The more we learn about nutrition, the more we understand the important role it plays in aging well. Eating a well-balanced diet means consuming meals rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. It also means reducing processed foods and sugary treats. Continue reading HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS FOR OLDER ADULTS

FARMER’S MARKET FOOD SAFETY TIPS

Food that is fresh is a delicious treat! Shopping at the farmers market not only offers some of the freshest fruits, vegetables and other foods you can find, it also offers the opportunity to buy locally and connect with your community.

Farmer MarketNo matter where you get your food, food safety is always important. As you explore farmers’ markets, be mindful of food safety. Most markets have their own food safety rules that vendors must comply with, as well as government regulations. Follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of bringing home a case of foodborne illness. Continue reading FARMER’S MARKET FOOD SAFETY TIPS

NO PRESSURE CANNING IN ELECTRIC PRESSURE AND MULTI-COOKERS!

Electric multi-cookers are a popular appliance. Multi-cookers are safe to use to pressure cook food directly in the inner pot. Some of these appliances are being advertised as having the ability to quickly and easily process low-acid foods. Manufacturers of electric pressure cookers claim their appliances are acceptable for canning and preserving as an alternative to stovetop pressure canning. Even if there are instructions for pressure canning in the manufacturer’s directions, the University of Wyoming Extension Nutrition and Food Safety educators do not endorse the use of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) canning processes in the electric, multi-cooker appliances now containing “canning” or “steam canning” buttons on their front panels. There has been no research by the USDA or a university to show that these electric multi-cookers can safely process low-acid food. Continue reading NO PRESSURE CANNING IN ELECTRIC PRESSURE AND MULTI-COOKERS!

UNSAFE HOME CANNING PRACTICES

Some things are great to pass down through the generations. Grandma’s county fair purple ribbon apple pie filling recipe is something to cherish. Some of her preservation techniques should, however, be left in the past.

 

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