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Honey in a jar.
June 14, 2024 - Filed Under: Beekeeping, Food Safety

There is nothing like the taste of a sweet spoon of honey. The versatility of honey makes it a very useful item to have around the kitchen, and for that reason, raising honeybees and selling the honey has become increasingly popular.

Two children make melon balls from a watermelon.
May 20, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Young people can learn about local foods, kitchen basics and easy recipes at an upcoming Mississippi State University camp. The Culinary Arts Kids Camp is a hands-on, weeklong day camp hosted by the MSU Extension Service and the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion.

Closeup of a dial on a pressure canner.
May 17, 2024 - Filed Under: Fruit, Food and Health, Food, Food Safety, Lawn and Garden, Vegetable Gardens

Home canning is an economical way to preserve the bounty of your garden. This Q&A may answer some questions for you, whether you’re new to canning or you’ve been canning for years.

A man lectures from the front of a classroom.
April 17, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety

Representatives of many of the industries that supply America’s restaurants and grocery stores gathered at Mississippi State University in April to learn ways to perfect their trade and enhance their products. MSU hosted 46 attendees plus presenters and students at the 15th annual workshop “Marination 101: The Flavor of Science,” organized by the MSU Extension Service.

Fridge with food in it.
August 23, 2023 - Filed Under: Food Safety

Mississippians know how unpredictable the weather can be. One day it’s sunny, and the next there is severe weather in the forecast.

canned fruits and vegetables
July 14, 2023 - Filed Under: Local Food System Economies, Food and Health, Food Safety

Some canning mistakes can be deadly if your products are contaminated by the botulinum toxin, which causes botulism poisoning. You cannot see, smell, or taste this toxin, but the tiniest taste of contaminated food can kill you. You want to avoid these 10 major canninng mistakes.

February 22, 2023 - Filed Under: Research and Extension Centers, Agriculture, Food, Food Safety

RAYMOND, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University food safety specialist has been named to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. Byron Williams, an associate Extension professor of food science specializing in muscle foods processing, regulations and safety, was recently appointed by USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack. Williams is also a member of the MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion.

White chickens
November 8, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Animal Health, Poultry, Avian Flu, Food and Health, Food Safety, Produce Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi Board of Animal Health is asking backyard bird owners to be vigilant in their biosecurity procedures after a commercial breeder chicken flock in Lawrence County tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI.

A charcuterie board.
November 4, 2022 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food Safety

Charcuterie boards are all the craze right now, and rightfully so! They’re fun to make and delicious to snack on. With the holidays coming up, they’re sure to be the talk of the party!

Frozen foods in a fridge.
October 28, 2022 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food Safety

There are some weeks when I don’t feel like cooking dinner or am short on time to prepare a meal from start to finish.

pot of boiling water
August 30, 2022 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Food, Food Safety

Do you know what is safe and unsafe when it comes to using water that is under a boil-water alert? Here's what to do and not do if you are under a boil water notice.

Canned salsa in a basket with other produce
June 2, 2022 - Filed Under: Fruit, Food and Health, Food, Food Safety, Vegetable Gardens

Canning is a precise process that must be done correctly to have a safe, edible product. Proper preparation ahead of time will make the entire process much easier. These steps will help you get started.

Dye, eggs and dyed eggs on a counter.
March 25, 2022 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety

Eggs are a traditional part of Easter décor and celebrations, and it is risky to eat or use these hard-boiled eggs for recipes after the festivities are over.

Honey on a spoon.
March 25, 2022 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety

Have you ever looked at a bottle of honey that’s been sitting in your cabinets for a while and thought, “this can’t still be good?” We’ve all probably been there. The honey in the bottle is dark and has a crystallized texture to it. I know I have a bottle of honey in my pantry that’s been there for several years!  

closeup of colorful, decorated cupcakes
March 17, 2022 - Filed Under: Farmers Markets, Food, Food Safety

Are you thinking of selling food items from your home kitchen? This kind of business venture is popular because if you like cooking, it’s a fun way to earn some extra cash. Here's what to know about Mississippi's Cottage Food Law, which governs this type of business.

A slow cooker filled with food.
January 31, 2022 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Slow cookers are winter workhorses in many kitchens, helping serve everything from breakfast to dinner. But no matter the dish, cooks should be sure to follow some basic food safety guidelines.

When used properly, these small, countertop appliances are safe and convenient.

Various finger foods arranged buffet style.
September 16, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety

Food safety when cooking and serving food at a tailgate is a lot like serving food at home. The same basic rules apply. You just need a little more planning and a few extra supplies.

Keep hands and surfaces clean

Canned fruits and vegetables on a shelf.
June 18, 2021 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety

Are you planning to can fruits and vegetables this year? Whether you’re new to canning or you’ve done it for years, Extension has resources to help you make sure it’s done safely.