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What a Crock…of Sauerkraut!

A large crock of sauerkraut sat in our basement when I was growing up, a round wooden board was placed in the mouth of the crock holding the kraut below the brine level and a towel covered the top of the crock.  How cabbage became sauerkraut was a mystery to me, why didn’t it just […]

September is Food Safety Education Month

Summer picnics may have come to an end, but the need to keep our foods safe for consumption knows no season.  Foodborne illness claims the lives of 3,000 Americans each year.  You may wonder how this can be, given that we live in such a technologically advanced world. It is a combination of conditions including […]

Pick Apart a Pickle

By Barb Brenner, Certified Master Food Preserver If you run out of topics to talk about this summer at a family gathering, I have one for you that will get anyone talking.  Talk about pickles.  Go ahead ask what their favorite pickle is, where they purchase it or how they make it.  Dill, sweet, or […]

The Story of Teas

A daily cup of tea is an enjoyable experience around the world. Yet, we seldom reflect on the fact that this is a ritual that has been going on for thousands of years. How and where did it all begin, we might ask? There are a few theories that tea began in China, under the […]

Food and Nutrition Insecurity

Food and nutrition security is important for all. This blog will explain what food and nutrition insecurity is, who experiences it, and what is being done about it. Enjoy! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), there is an association between food insecurity and poor nutrition, with individuals who report being most food insecure […]

‘Tis the Season

We will soon be in the “’Tis the Season” time of year, with its holiday shopping, gatherings with family and friends and a myriad of eating opportunities. In addition to having extra treats at home, many of us will be enjoying luncheons and cookie platters at work. It is a tempting time of year to […]

Enjoying the Fall Harvest

Autumn is a beautiful season, with crisp days and nights, spectacular foliage, and a bounty of seasonal produce for the taking. Whether you harvested from your own garden or shopped at your local farm stands and farmers’ markets, you would have had access to a variety of produce that is harvested at the end of […]

The Importance of Family Culinary Traditions

How to bring local, Herkimer foods into family culinary traditions. Food is a universal language that brings people together from all walks of life. For families, food is a way to connect with their heritage, pass down traditions, and create lasting memories. Here in Herkimer County those memories can be enriched by tying them to […]