Food
If you are just now thinking about joining the trend in our communities to can food this summer, start by checking your equipment and supplies. Proper equipment in good condition is required for safe, high quality home canned food. A pressure canner is essential for canning low-acid vegetables, meats, fish and poultry. Two basic types are available. One has a dial gauge to indicate the pressure inside the canner; the other has a metal weighted gauge. Dial gauges must be test for accur
If fruits and vegetables are placed on refrigerator shelves, store meats on pans or plates below the produce to prevent meat juices - which may contain harmful bacteria - from dripping on them. Wash hands before working with produce. Wash produce thoroughly. Wash produce before you use it, NOT when you bring it home! Fresh produce has a natural protective coating that helps keep in moisture and freshness. Washing produce before storage causes it to spoil faster. Remove and discard outer leave
Farmers' markets offer a variety of fresh, locally-produced fruit, vegetables, bakery and meat products in a festive atmosphere. The Farmers' Market in Monticello is open Tuesday evenings 4- 7 p.m. on the courthouse square and Saturday mornings at B J Winger's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get the most from your local farmers' market with the following information.
A healthy lifestyle involves many choices. Among them, choosing a balanced diet or healthy eating plan. So how do you choose a healthy eating plan? Let's begin by defining what a healthy eating plan is. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015, a healthy eating plan: Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Includes lean meats, poultry, fish,
Five seems to be the magic number for the number of ingredients we want in a recipe. This excludes such common ingredients as salt, pepper and water. While researching recipes for a workshop on 5-ingredient cooking, I found recipes I chose had at least one of the following qualities. See if these criteria help you find quick, easy, tasty recipes too!
In January, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released updated dietary guidelines to follow to help you create healthy eating solutions that will help you be healthier now and into the future. Follow the MyPlate building blocks below to create your own healthy eating solutions. Make sure your choices are limited in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.

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