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August 2019 Food Preservation Classes

Food Preservation Classes The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Watauga County Center will be offering two food preservation classes in August. Choose …

Chicken Processing Workshop

The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County will be conducting a Chicken Processing Workshop on Saturday, September 22, 2018, …

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Food Preservation Classes Offered

Three Food Preservation classes are being offered through NC Cooperative Extension. Choose to attend one, two, or all three classes. …

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NC Safe Plates Classes

NC Safe Plates is a new Food Safety Manager Certification Course developed by NC State University and an alternative …

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Hands-on Canning Class

To learn how to safely preserve your garden bounty, sign up for a hands-on canning class, offered by Margie …

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NC Safe Plates Course Offered

NC Safe Plates is a new Food Safety Manager Certification Course developed by NC State University and an alternative …

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Extension Offers Teen Cooking Class

Watauga’s N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is now taking registrations for our summer Teen Cooking Class. This week-long class series runs …

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2/8 & 2/22: Food Safety Class  

With the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act in the United States, vegetable farmers and fruit growers are …

Recent Publications related to Food Safety & Processing

Starch iodine staining pattern used to determine apple maturity.

Maximizing Your SmartFresh℠ Investments

SmartFresh℠ (1-methylcyclopropene, MCP) is a relatively new tool for postharvest management of apples. In 2002, …

Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Figure 1. Room cooling.

Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …