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Time To Can, Freeze, Pickle And Dry Garden Bounty

If you happen to be a “baby boomer” born during the time right after World War II to the early 1960s, you probably rode home from the hospital on a pillow in the lap of your mother. Infant car seats weren’t required then. You probably rode in a car filled with leaded fuel, too. You…
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11 Tips To Keep Fruits And Veggies Safe From Store To Your Plate

As I paused in the produce aisle during a grocery trip, I noticed someone carefully choosing some broccoli. She placed it in a plastic bag and dropped it in the child seat area of the grocery cart. A large piece of broccoli fell out of the bag, slipped through the gap in the cart and…
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Try A Red, White And Blue Treat

Few fruits bring to mind “summer” as much as watermelon. Refreshing, juicy watermelon is a perfect treat for a hot summer day. Does watermelon have any nutritional value? After all, water is a prominent part of its name. A thirst-quenching treat, watermelon is 92 percent water. Watermelon lovers will be pleased to learn that a…
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7 Tips To Keep Picnics Safe During July, National Picnic Month

Mention the word “picnic” and I think of sunny days surrounded by family and a delicious spread of food. I can almost taste the hamburgers, potato salad, chips, watermelon, toasted marshmallows and ice-cold lemonade. I remember the ants and mosquitoes quite well, too. I can almost feel them biting. But annoying ants and miserable mosquitoes…
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What Do Food Product Dates Mean, Anyway?

“The egg carton date shows the eggs expire today and we’re in the middle of making cookies,” a caller said. “Can we use the eggs, or will we get sick?” “You’ll be fine as long as the eggs have been kept cold in your refrigerator since you bought them,” I told him. “In fact they’re…
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