AUGUSTA — University of Maine Cooperative Extension publishes information to help find, grow, use and store in-season fruits and vegetables in Maine.
A variety of bulletins can be ordered or downloaded at extension.umaine.edu. July favorites include “Let’s Preserve: Snap Beans,” “Let’s Preserve: Pickles,” “Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Cucumbers” and “Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Green Beans and Wax Beans.”
Freezing green beans and making homemade pickles are simple and easy ways to increase access to a year-round supply of local foods and reduce food expenses.
UMaine Extension educator Kathy Savoie recommends getting up-to-date information on the best methods, canners, jars and seals to ensure a safe result before preserving food.
Recommendations are available through local UMaine Extension offices or by calling 207.581.3188; 800.287.0274 (in Maine). More information, including upcoming food preservation workshops and how-to videos, is online at extension.umaine.edu/food-health.
–University of Maine Cooperative Extension
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