County Extension

  • Does bone broth boost health?

    Bone broth is one of the hottest foods on the market today. Sales of shelf-stable bone broth more than tripled in 2017 compared with 2016.

    So, have you tried it? Even know what it is? Some folks are drinking or cooking with bone broth to improve their health. Can bone broth really boost your health, or is this just another example of food marketing?

    Registered dietitian Lynn Grieger did some analysis for Food and Health Communications. Here’s some of the story from this well-researched article.

  • Good intentions may not be good enough

    Good intentions might not be good enough. This is especially true when cooking for a large group of people. Many community groups, volunteer organizations and churches hold big food events such as fundraising dinners, bake sales or potluck lunches for members. Even when these groups think they are doing a good job, food events present food safety risks. Over the past decade there have been multiple outbreaks and hundreds of illnesses linked to community-based meal events. You don’t want to be part of these statistics.

  • Shopping steps for the new year

    Last week in this column I wrote about the idea of one resolution or new habit each month of the year. Here are a couple more ideas on how to space out those resolutions so they don’t seem so overwhelming all at one time.

    Try acting upon one new goal each time you go grocery shopping. This way you’ll be changing the way you shop and the foods available to eat in your home. Here are 10 simple ideas to get you started:

  • Use a New Year’s resolution calendar to keep you on track

    This is the time people begin to think about making changes in their lives to achieve better health in the New Year. These changes and goals come in the form of resolutions that get broken quickly. I think one of the biggest problems with resolutions is people try to do too much all at once.

    An idea I heard about from Food and Health Communication (foodandhealth.com) is to develop a plan for the whole year. The concept is to make one little change each month and then keep building on these changes. At the end of the year perhaps you’ll have 12 new, healthier habits.

  • Have food, will travel

    Many folks are planning to travel over the holidays. This may lead to two different potential food safety problems. The first is what to do with any food left behind in the home refrigerator and the other is foods you may be taking with you.

  • Top Five holiday food safety mistakes that may cause foodborne illness

    One thing we don’t want to give or share this holiday season is a foodborne illness. Sometimes called food poisoning, a foodborne illness is a sickness that you get from eating or drinking something that has been contaminated with disease causing microorganisms, chemicals or other harmful substances.

  • Giving safe food donations

    Brunswick County is definitely a giving county, demonstrated by the caring, assistance and donations provided to so many after our hurricanes this fall. As we approach the holiday season, many people will continue this generosity by making additional donations to local food pantries and food drives. Our pantries always need to restock their shelves.

  • Is your office making you fat?

    This scenario may be familiar to you: the office break room or conference room always seems to have cookies or donuts available for snacking. Or perhaps your co-workers frequently gather for birthdays or special occasions. No matter where you look at the office, there is always food available and easy to grab.

  • Talking turkey in time for Thanksgiving

    Like most of you, I’m thinking about that big Thanksgiving turkey. Here are a few last-minute thoughts, reminders and a quick easy recipe for leftovers.

    Don’t wash it.

  • Using North Carolina sweet potatoes