Tag Archives: food safety

Food Safety for Fresh Produce

It’s gardening season, and fresh fruits and vegetables are coming available at roadside stands and farmers markets.  Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber, Vitamins A & C, folate, and potassium.  Adults need two cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables each day, and a variety of colors will help you get the most nutrition. These tips to select and store your fresh produce will help you keep your produce fresh and safe: Avoid produce with bruises, mold, or cuts that can result in… Read More →

Safe Handling of Wild Game This Hunting Season

It is that time of year, hunting season! For many, it is considered the best time of year. The majority of individuals who hunt do so to provide food for their families. Many prefer the taste of venison over other choices of meat. Venison is high in many vitamins and minerals our bodies need, such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, and calcium. Venison is traditionally lower in cholesterol than many other meats, thus making it a more desirable product. To have a quality, safe meal this hunting season,… Read More →

Professional Food Manager Certification Training Course

Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States.  Each year, 1 in 6 Americans will become sick, 128,000 will become hospitalized, and 3,000 will die due to a foodborne illness. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bosque County, is offering a Professional Food Manager Certification training course.  This program will be offered for $125 on September 22-23 at the Meridian Civic Center.  Cost includes training, materials, and a national food manager certification examination. The food manager’s certification will be valid for… Read More →

Keeping Summer Harvest Safe to Eat

Fresh melons and berries will soon fill the aisles of grocery stores and markets.  Roadside produce stands full of home grown fruits and vegetables will pop up along the highway.  All of these are signs that summer is here and so is a bounty of fresh produce.  Summer’s harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet; just remember to handle fresh produce safely to prevent foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are 48 million cases of… Read More →

Keeping Food Safe When Cooking Outdoors

The beautiful spring weather we are enjoying makes me ready to get outside and grill in the evenings.  To keep your cookouts safe and fun, follow these simple steps before, during, and after grilling to ensure a clean work space and safe food preparation. Choose meat, poultry, or seafood that is fresh and high quality and once bought, get it home and in the refrigerator right away.  If the trip home takes more than 30 minutes, use a cooler.  Cook or freeze fresh poultry, fish, seafood, or ground… Read More →

Have a Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year to reflect on our blessings throughout the year.  I hope you find time during the holiday to give thanks and enjoy time with family and friends. This year, make the most of your Thanksgiving meal by cooking fresh, healthy side dishes and following food safety guidelines. Thaw your turkey safely.  The best way to thaw frozen poultry is in the refrigerator.  The USDA recommends 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.  Thawing your turkey in the refrigerator… Read More →

Canner Testing & Food Preservation Workshop

Is your garden starting to explode with fresh produce?  If you are interested in learning how to can your produce to preserve it for later in the year, then join us for a Bosque and Somervell County Food Preservation and Canner Testing Workshop!  The workshop will be held at the Glen Rose Expo Center on July 15, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.  During the workshop, you will learn the basics about water bath canning and pressure canning with lots of hands-on experience.  Everyone will take home a couple… Read More →

Turkey Day Safety

It’s almost Turkey Day!  For all of you who are responsible for cooking Thanksgiving dinner, I have some tips for preparing your turkey and using leftovers after Thanksgiving Day. Food safety is an important thing to think about when you’re preparing your turkey this year. The safest way to thaw your turkey is in the refrigerator. An 8-12 pound frozen turkey takes one to two days to thaw in the refrigerator.  A 16-20 pound turkey takes three to four days to thaw in the refrigerator.  Be sure to… Read More →

Food Safety: Myth Busters

September is the National Food Safety Education Month.  Food safety is one arena where myths and old wives tales abound, but it’s also an area where some caution and mindfulness can help your family stay safe and healthy.  Check out these four food safety myths and facts for keeping your food safe. MYTH 1: Rinsing chicken with water will remove bacteria like salmonella. FACT: Rinsing poultry will not remove bacteria.  In fact, it can spread raw juices around your sink, onto your countertops, and onto ready-to-eat foods.  Bacteria… Read More →

Food Handler’s Course & Updates to the Cottage Food Law

In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Cottage Food Law, a bill that makes it legal to sell certain foods that are made in a residential kitchen like baked goods, jams, jellies, and spice mixes.  This bill was a great start for entrepreneurial Texans with an interest in making and selling homemade goodies.  This year, the Texas Legislature amended the bill to include more foods and make it possible to sell goods at local places like farmers markets, festivals, and non-profit fairs.  Below is a summary of… Read More →