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Food Storage

Proper food storage helps maintain food quality by retaining flavor, color, texture and nutrients, while reducing the chance of contracting a foodborne illness. Learn about how food spoils, how to store perishable, semi-perishable and staple foods, and their expected storage life.

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Food Preparation and Handling

Whether buying food at supermarkets or grocery stores, from farmer's markets, or raising your own food, it is important that safe handling procedures be followed.

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Food Preservation

Provides you with general directions, as well as sections dedicated to just fruits, vegetables, tomatoes and tomato products; meats, poultry and seafood; pickles and fermented products; jellies, jams and preserves.

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Foodborne Illness

Keep family members safe and prevent foodborne illness. Learn more about the microorganisms which cause foodborne illness, symptoms and prevention.

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Food Service & Farmer's Markets

Safe food handling practices training, publications and materials for professionals and consumers.

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