Have you ever wondered if it's safe to bring deviled eggs to a hot summer picnic? Or how long those fancy preserved lemons you made will last in the fridge?
Of course you can do a Google search, but a master food preserver from Oregon State University Extension is just a phone call away. Plus, "There is a lot of misinformation online," says Nellie Oehler, master food preserver coordinator in Lane County. OSU's food preservation safety hotline is available on weekdays from 9am to 4pm until Oct. 13.
Last year they answered 2,760 phone calls, so don't hesitate to pick up the phone if your refrigerator or freezer goes out or if you just need to know if Grandma's preservation method really is safe.
OSU Food Preservation & Safety Hotline
History Pub: Farmers' Markets Go from Dirty to Desirable
Modern farmers markets—with their locally grown, artisanal foods—are highly desirable and cherished in local communities. It wasn't always this way. At the turn of the 20th century farmers were often at odds with city planners, who saw markets as "disorderly and dirty."
In San Francisco, one especially heated fight played out over a space that is today the site of a prosperous market, which revived an entire neighborhood. Come hear about the more complicated past of what has become an urban mainstay at "The Fight for a Farmers Market: A Hundred Years of Produce and Politics," presented by Laura Ferguson, Ph.D. Curator of Western History at the High Desert Museum.
History Pub: The Fight for a Farmers Market
Tues., July 25, 7 – 9:30 pm
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St., Bend