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Food Preservation

How to make pickled eggs

Do you like hard boiled eggs? Do you like pickles? Then why not try pickled eggs? When there is an abundance of eggs and you’re not sure what to do with them, pickling will help them last for several weeks. However, it’s important to note that the only safe method for storing your pickled eggs is in the refrigerator. While you may come across recipes for canning eggs, or you spot a jar of pickled eggs for sale, there is no safe, research-tested method to canning eggs at home. In fact, Illinois...
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How to use your heirloom tomatoes

Is it pronounced toMAto or tomAHto? Is it a fruit or a vegetable? There are so many questions when it comes to tomatoes! But there’s one thing I think we can all agree on: the taste of a fresh garden tomato is no comparison to store-bought tomatoes that were picked unripe and traveled thousands of miles to their destination. There are over 25,000 different varieties of tomatoes, making it very difficult to pick one out of a seed catalog! However, heirloom tomatoes have gained a lot of traction...
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Ask your local growers about daikon radishes

Most people are familiar with radishes, those red-skinned, white-flesh, peppery vegetables often found on a salad bar. However, there are many other radishes, such as the daikon radish, that look completely different and yield a slightly altered taste. The daikon radish looks more like a white carrot than a radish. It’s a root vegetable, also called the Japanese radish or white radish. It tends to be sweet and milder than a peppery red radish. While daikon radishes are less commonly stocked in...
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If you're planning on canning

Food preservation has skyrocketed this year, likely due to more people staying at home looking for a safe and sustainable project. In fact, University of Illinois Extension’s “Fill Your Pantry” webinar series hit a record number of participants (view recordings and handouts at! Unfortunately, manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with this surge in demand, which may be...
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