Food Preservation

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Popular Publications
Learn more about the benefits of freezing convenience foods.
When canning tomatoes and tomato products, safe procedures must be used.
Seafood products are high in quality and safe to eat when canned correctly.
Freezing is one of the simplest and least time consuming methods of food preservation.
Home canning is a popular form of food preservation and prevents spoilage.
Learn about the essentials of canning fruits for home use.

Featured Question

Two weeks ago, when fixing brown basmati rice for dinner (bought from bulk in last 2 mos.) kept some in a kitchen container, noticed black "dust" at bottom of container; put on eye glasses to see - eek!.... many dead teeny tiny black bugs, but about 200 crawling actively. Threw the whole amt. out. b) Now - today - preparing white rice [Bagged - different brand... purchaced within last 4 mos. ] from similar kitchen container I use for daily use....and eek! again the bottom coated w/ black "dust" + about 10% crawling teeny tiny black bugs.  Will the remainder not placed into plastic container be be okay in the original bag? Or - - should the BAG be thrown away? How can I prevent this in the future?

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