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A Brief Trip Through Food Preservation History

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 17, 2018.

According to food historians, the earliest method used to decide if food was edible was trial and error. Let’s call it “Plan A.” Making a mistake about edibility had dire results. The survivors then developed “Plan B.” “Plan B” involved observing animals. If animals ate the food and survived, chances are you would, too. You … Continue reading A Brief Trip Through Food Preservation History

Prairie Fare: Don’t Wilt in the Heat of Summer

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 16, 2018.

We all need to stay cool and hydrated, and protect our skin in the sunny, hot days of summer.

Have You Ever Made Pickled Green Beans?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 10, 2018.

This has been a good “bean year” in my garden. I planted beans in a raised garden about 3 feet off the ground, and I also have a row of pole beans climbing on a mesh framework. I need a ladder to harvest those beans. I first tried the recipe in this column at my … Continue reading Have You Ever Made Pickled Green Beans?

Prairie Fare: Make Some Food Memories With Corn on the Cob

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 09, 2018.

Corn isn’t just food; it’s used to make products such as ethanol, plastics, matchsticks, glue and crayons.

Don’t Get Yourself in a Jam with Old Food Preservation Advice

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 03, 2018.

As the class members loaded jars of food into boiling-water-bath canners, I thought about a call I received a few years ago. My caller was quite upset because several jars of her home-canned raspberry jam had literally flipped their lids, spewing sticky raspberry jam throughout her pantry. Before she called, she had been scrubbing the … Continue reading Don’t Get Yourself in a Jam with Old Food Preservation Advice

Prairie Fare: Canning Jar and Lid Innovations That Helped Feed Generations

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Aug 02, 2018.

Use current, research-based guidelines for canning, freezing, pickling and drying foods.

Prairie Fare: Beans Are a Tasty Summer Side Dish

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 26, 2018.

Beans are among the best sources of dietary fiber.

Preserve Summer’s Bounty Safely

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 25, 2018.

We were away a few days, so I eagerly checked our backyard garden. We noted bountiful green beans and peas. Our basil plants have turned into leafy bushes, and our tomato plants are drooping with tomatoes and taking over the garden. I’m not complaining about our prolific produce by any means. I am beginning to … Continue reading Preserve Summer’s Bounty Safely

Prairie Fare: Salsa Rules

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 19, 2018.

Use a research-tested recipe from a university Extension website or the U.S. Department of Agriculture when canning food.

Be Inspired by National Picnic Month

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 19, 2018.

Do you enjoy picnics? Were picnics a family tradition? Enjoying a meal outdoors can promote happy memories. July, which is National Picnic Month, is an opportunity to reminisce and potentially build on the fond memories of picnics. Picnics have a long history. In the 1700s and prior, picnics or “moveable outdoor feasts” were enjoyed by … Continue reading Be Inspired by National Picnic Month

Feed Your Body and Brain Some Blueberries

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

I sometimes read articles about feeding dogs, since we have three dachshunds. I came upon an interesting list of foods. The list highlighted foods that were especially good for dogs. Interesting thing, all the foods were great for their human “parents,” too. Blueberries were among the notable foods on the healthful foods list. On the … Continue reading Feed Your Body and Brain Some Blueberries

Prairie Fare: Take Some Food Safety Precautions With Cantaloupe

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 12, 2018.

Here are some tips for avoiding foodborne illnesses.

Prairie Fare: Create Family Meal Memories With Picnics

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 05, 2018.

Eating together as a family has many physical, mental and emotional health benefits.

7 Ways to Keep Bacteria at Bay During National Picnic Month

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jul 02, 2018.

I had to find some rubbing alcohol for nagging mosquito bites on my arms and ankles. I hadn’t used bug repellent soon enough at an outdoor picnic the previous day. I was paying the price for not keeping these vicious little bugs away and my welts were growing larger. Fortunately, the alcohol calmed the bites. When we … Continue reading 7 Ways to Keep Bacteria at Bay During National Picnic Month

Are You Fueling Yourself with Premium Fuel?

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 28, 2018.

“Mom, I’m not going to drive that thing!” my teenage son exclaimed. He was 15 at the time and studying for his drivers permit test. “Well, it’s that thing or nothing,” I countered, expecting he wouldn’t be thrilled at these “wheels.” Suddenly the car that I drove while in graduate school looked pretty good to … Continue reading Are You Fueling Yourself with Premium Fuel?

Prairie Fare: Enjoy Fajitas Using Your Slow Cooker

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 28, 2018.

Bell peppers, a great addition to fajitas, also are excellent sources of vitamins C and A, and other nutrients.

Prairie Fare: Weeds: If You Can’t Beat Them, Can You Eat Them?

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 21, 2018.

Some weeds are edible and can provide vitamins and minerals.

Prairie Fare: Stay Hydrated During Warm Summer Months

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 14, 2018.

Children, older adults and outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to dehydration.

Prairie Fare: Rediscover Cooking and Baking This Summer

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on Jun 07, 2018.

Measuring cups and spoons, and digital temperature gauges take the guesswork out of modern cooking and baking.

Prairie Fare: Be Adventuresome During Rhubarb Season

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 31, 2018.

Rhubarb provides vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber, but because of its tartness, it requires a fair amount of added sugar.

Nutrition Matters During Cataract Awareness Month

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 31, 2018.

“I really need to clean the windshield. It’s really dirty,” my husband commented one day many years ago. I was looking straight ahead through the crystal-clear windshield on the passenger side of the vehicle. I strained my neck to peek over at his side. It looked OK to me. The next morning we were out … Continue reading Nutrition Matters During Cataract Awareness Month

Kids and Gardening: a Good Combination

By juliegardenrobinson from Prairie Fare. Published on May 24, 2018.

In my family we all helped with the gardening. We had two large gardens and grew and preserved enough vegetables to last until the next season. I wasn’t always thrilled about all the weeding, picking and cutting, but it was part of the Garden family’s regular routine. I never argued about eating vegetables, either. I … Continue reading Kids and Gardening: a Good Combination

Prairie Fare: Try This 10-question Summer Food Safety Quiz

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 24, 2018.

Don’t let foodborne illness spoil your outdoor cooking and dining experiences.

Prairie Fare: May is National Bike Month

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 17, 2018.

Bike riding is fun and has health benefits.

Prairie Fare: My Picky Eater Grew Up to Be a Healthful Eater

By ecrawford from Prairie Fare. Published on May 10, 2018.

Avoid the temptations of grocery store marketing strategies.
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