Joy Waite-Cusic

Associate Professor of Food Safety Systems
Statewide Specialist for Master Food Preserver Program

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I had a jam apocalypse, what happened?

I made uncooked freezer jam from blackberries in my yard. I put the prepared jam in jars, placed lids but not too tight with 1/2 headspace. After letting them sit on the counter for 24 hrs ( for the pectin to set) the jam was seeping out of the lids and when I unscrewed the lid the jam almost popped...

By Joy Waite-Cusic, | Featured Question

Should I worry about the cyanide in lima beans?

I've purchased yellow "butter beans" immature in the pods from a local farm stand. They are very good. But I just learned that lima beans have (or convert into) cyanide and so mature beans require long cooking to remove this "protective mechanism" that beans of this sort have evolved. My question is...

By Joy Waite-Cusic, | Featured Question

Is my flooded garden area safe?

Is it safe to plant a vegetable garden after the area was covered by polluted flood waters for three days? Is it safe to eat existing vegetables (kale, garlic, etc) that survived? Our well tests positive for coliform bacteria and E. coli... two weeks later there is still floodwater remaining in our...

By Joy Waite-Cusic, | Featured Question

On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs)

Oregon OFRRs

By Jovana Kovacevic, Sara Runkel, Joy Waite-Cusic, | Article

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