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County Extension

  • Should you buy organic produce?

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

    Organic food is getting a lot of attention these days. We’re not just finding it in specialty food stores, but local groceries, big box and even discount food stores. More and more consumers are looking for and purchasing organic foods despite its higher cost than conventional foods.

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    It’s summertime and the livin’ is HOT. After last winter, I’m not complaining, just sayin’ if it’s hot outside, you need to be thinking about hydrating. This simply means providing your body with the fluid it needs to keep itself healthy. When it’s hot outside, you need to think about this more often.

  • Making lower sugar jams and jellies

     

     

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • Loving farmers markets

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

  • Five great ways to enjoy asparagus

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • Thinking of preserving food this year? Be prepared

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • Pros and cons of frozen food and vegetables

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    The great weather we’ve been having lures me into dreaming of fresh garden fruits and vegetables soon to come, but that doesn’t mean we need to forget about frozen fruits and vegetables, too.

  • Are there healthy frozen dinners?

     I recently was shopping and came across a great deal on frozen entrees. It sure is tempting to buy a few and stock up for those days when I’m in a hurry or tired and really don’t have time to cook. But in the back of my mind, there was that nagging question: Are they good for us?

    It’s no surprise frozen dinners are so popular. They’re fast, convenient, inexpensive and easy. With some of the newer entrées available, they can be a healthy choice and part of a balanced diet.

  • Save money by eating in

     Everyone is trying to save money these days. One place they’re looking is as close as their own refrigerator. Families are eating more meals at home than in the past as a way to help stretch the food budget.

    The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) looked at U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends and found that 71 percent of consumers surveyed are cooking more and eating out less. FMI tends also showed that 58 percent of Americans report eating more leftovers and using more leftovers in other meals.

  • Got leftover ham?

     

     

    Many families celebrated Easter this past weekend with a ham. Gathering for holiday ham is a great holiday tradition and like turkey after Thanksgiving, ham leftovers can be a real treat, but what are you doing with those leftovers now?

    Leftover cooked ham should be stored in the refrigerator at 40 degrees or below and used within 3 to 5 days. So, if you had that ham this past Sunday for Easter, you’d better be doing something with it soon.