Kara Ghiringhelli, Department of Public Health
Kara Ghiringhelli is a Nutrition Education Specialist at DPH
Do you ever have one of those perfect weather days you wish you could bottle up and save for a rainy day? I just had one of those days last week. I was on the beach and everything about the day was perfect—the temperature, the breeze, the sun, the water. I wish I could have bottled some of it up!
What I have learned is that you don’t necessarily need to rely on memories alone to bring yourself back to the warm sunny days of summer. One way to bring the warmth back is to freeze or can your favorite fruits and vegetables. It definitely helps bring a little bit of summer warmth to your meals during the winter.
Some produce worth freezing and canning this month include blueberries, peaches, summer squash, peas, beans, tomatoes, broccoli and beets. But beware, not all fruits and vegetables freeze and can alike. The National Center for Home Food Preservation offers some helpful tips on how to freeze and can individual fruits and vegetables and addresses common food safety concerns.
If you are new to freezing and canning, pick one favorite fruit or vegetable that is in season this month and try preserving it. You will find that it is easy and enjoyable to do. And come winter, you will be happy you did it!
If you are someone who likes to preserve fruits and vegetables, what tips would you like to share? We’d love to hear from you!
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
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Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
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Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
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