Food Safety

Freeze More to Spend Less

Freezing produce and buying in-season are two easy ways to save money. Freezing leads to less waste, and shopping seasonally allows you to buy produce at a lower cost. What’s even better is that freezing ripe produce means you keep the item at its highest nutrient content. A freezer of prepped produce saves trips to… Read more »

Make the Most of Frozen Foods

Freezing foods ahead of time is a great way to meal prep for a busy week. Reheating frozen foods makes it easier than ever to make your family’s favorite meals. You can cook something ahead of time and use it days, weeks, or even months later. It’s important to know the basic rules of keeping… Read more »

Kids in the Kitchen

Do you have little ones running around the kitchen always curious about what you are doing? Kids can help you prep and cook dinner starting around age six. This can be a fun bonding experience between you and your kids because they are curious at such a young age. Having them involved in the kitchen… Read more »

Is This Still Fresh? How to Judge Your Produce

Your refrigerator was full of colorful fruits and vegetables after your last trip to the grocery store, but it’s been a while since then. Some of the produce looks a little… off, but not terrible. How do you really know when something isn’t good to eat anymore? Here’s a handy guide and a few tips… Read more »

#StayHome Tips: How to Freeze Food

Families are encouraged to stay home as much as possible, which means fewer trips to the grocery store. It’s recommended that you purchase two weeks of food at a time. Storing all of that food, especially fresh produce, can be a challenge. You can reduce the number of trips to the grocery store by safely… Read more »

Safely Cook and Store Food

Can you guess the appropriate cooking or storage temperature only by looking at a food item, and assuming it is at a safe temperature for eating?  The answer is absolutely not.   You should know the appropriate temperatures for hot and cold foods to help you avoid illness caused by unsafe food temperatures. This happens all… Read more »

Why Do We Wash Our Produce?

You’ve probably seen your parents wash fruit or veggies in the sink. Why is it important to rinse off your produce? When fruits and vegetables are grown and picked, they can come in contact with chemicals or other things that could make you sick to eat, like bacteria. These yucky substances are in the soil… Read more »

Managing Food with an Expiration Date

Fresh fruits and vegetables are so good for you! Eating them helps you be healthy and strong so you can have energy to play outside with your friends.  Fruits and veggies are meant to be grown, harvested, and eaten in a short amount of time. There are some other food items, like milk, that has… Read more »

How to Use a Food Thermometer

Food thermometers are one of the most important tools for cooking food safely. Food thermometers are the only way to know if food is cooked to a hot enough temperature to kill bacteria that can make your family sick. Food thermometers can also help make sure you don’t overcook your meat, keeping it juicy and… Read more »

Eat Smart During Emergencies

With Hurricane Florence making landfall today, it’s a good time to think about how to plan for emergencies and power outages. Food safety is a big concern for flooding and loss of power. But the simple act of preparing meals becomes more difficult as well. Here are some things to keep in mind this weekend,… Read more »