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Cover photo for 2019 Swain County Agricultural Fair

2019 Swain County Agricultural Fair

A County Fair-style festival, complete with judging of vegetables, eggs, and flowers; agricultural demos; craft vendors; food vendors and …

canner and ingredients for making pickles

Is Your Canning Equipment Ready?

Planning ahead can save you time, money and frustration with home canning. Using reliable, safe and proper equipment will …

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Beet-Iful Roots

Ruby Queen and Redpack are the most commonly grown varieties in North Carolina. Ruby Queen produces a smooth, round …

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Be Safe With Holiday Leftovers

Many people look forward to the leftovers as much as they do to the big holiday meal. Whether you’re …

Chef Alex Forde and Laura Rogers

Cooking With Soy Program a Success

The “Cooking with Soy” program held on September 10, 2012 was a huge success! Swain and Graham County Cooperative Extension …

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 …