The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Are you prepared for this hurricane season? Last Water Wednesday, the Family Consumer Sciences Agents LuAnn Duncan in Sumter County and Lisa Hamilton in Volusia County gave ... READ MORE
We are fortunate to have choices in most things, especially our food supply. These choices can become complicated if you are not aware of labeling implications and various marketing strategies. When it comes to beef products your choices are ... READ MORE
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps.
Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE
We have experienced firsthand the severity of hurricanes and how they can interrupt access to food, drinking water and electricity for days, if not longer. Now is the time to make sure you have a plentiful supply of drinking water and food ... READ MORE
Food Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility.
Consumers need to be mindful of the importance of handling food properly to reduce risk of foodborne illness. Practicing the four basic steps to food safety - clean, separate, cook, and chill ... READ MORE
No doubt about it, because the kitchen is the main place for food preparation and eating, it is the hot spot for all types of pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) that can cause foodborne illness. Cleanliness in the kitchen is a key ... READ MORE
Americans follow all kinds of “nutrition” plans but very few have a plan to prevent foodborne illness. Foodborne illness is caused by consuming food contaminated by certain disease-causing microorganisms (bacteria, viruses or parasites) ... READ MORE
Potatoes are one of America’s most popular vegetables. Whether baked, boiled, microwaved, steamed or fried, they are a favorite complement to most any meal. They are delicious and nutrient-dense, containing essential nutrients important ... READ MORE
Absolutely, as long as they are used properly. A slow cooker is a small electric countertop appliance that cooks food at a low temperature, usually between 170° and 280° F. for several hours. The principles of slow cooking involve direct ... READ MORE
When it’s time to eat, many people reach for convenience foods such as a frozen meal or container of soup. They typically pop it in the microwave or conventional oven to “warm up.” They never give a second thought to read and follow ... READ MORE