eNews July 2012


July 2012

(volume 11, no. 7)

FOOD PRESERVATION EXPERTISE — AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Food safety/ preservation hotline
If you like to preserve the bounty of your garden, but have questions about doing it safely, the OSU Extension Service Food Safety/Preservation Hotline has the answers you need. Call 1-800-354-7319 from June 25 to October 12, M, Tu, Th, F, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 1 to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays). The hotline is staffed by OSU Extension Master Food Preserver volunteers and OSU Extension staff.

Make food preservation a part of garden planning
Most vegetables must be preserved in some way to prevent spoilage by enzymes and microorganisms.

Use only a pressure canner to process low-acid meat, poultry and game
16-page booklet, "Canning Meat, Poultry and Game," is available free online or can be purchased for $1 plus shipping and handling by calling 800-561-6719.

New updates available from Oregon State University on canning tomatoes safely
An OSU Extension publication, "Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products," gives updated details on safe canning methods and is available online.

Safety important when preserving homemade salsa
If salsa isn't canned properly, harmful bacteria can grow in the jar and cause a severe type of food-borne illness called botulism.

Canning seafood: How to prepare and process safely
With proper processing, home-canned seafood can be both high in quality and safe to eat.


ALSO: PICKLING, DRYING AND FREEZING, HURRAY!

OSU Extension has guide to pickling vegetables
"Pickling Vegetables" offers information on safe procedures based on U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations.

How to dry fruits and vegetables
Drying kills microorganisms and enzymes that spoil fruits and vegetables simply because it deprives them of what they need to survive – water.

OSU Extension offers guidelines for freezing garden produce
Freezing is one of the simplest and least time-consuming methods of preservation.


NEW ONLINE COURSES IN WATERWISE GARDENING

WaterWise Gardening: Planning & Design
Participants in this online course will learn from OSU faculty how to plant an economical and environmentally friendly garden.

WaterWise Gardening: Choose the Right Plants
Taught by OSU faculty, this interactive online course explains how to select plants that create a water-efficient garden or landscape.

OSU GARDEN CALENDAR
Things to do in your garden in July