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Gardeners make good friends, especially during the holidays when they give out foods preserved from their gardens.
The top five canning recipes used during the holidays are for applesauce, cranberry sauce, jalapeno jelly, apple pie filling and sauerkraut, according to a recent survey by Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball-brand mason jars.
There appears to be a distinctive second season for food preservation a spike from late November into December made by canners who want to share homemade gifts in jars.
"Many consumers can syrups, jellies and sauces to give away as holiday gifts, along with crafting and decor use for the holidays," said Jeff Marvel, a Jarden spokesman.
The jars themselves can be collector's items, and serving accessories on tables or sideboards.
"People prefer to see the vibrant colors of their fresh-packed tomatoes or peaches in clear glass," said Judy Harrold, Jarden's Consumer Affairs manager. "Things like granola and layered cooking mixes tend to look better in colored jars. The same goes for non-food items like candles, potpourri, bath salts and collectibles."
Gardeners' holiday gifts are driven in part by the kinds of edibles harvested late in the growing season, and in part by traditional holiday menus.
Younger canners are using ingredients from all over, Harrold said. "They rely more on farmer's markets than they do backyard gardens for their produce. And they only go to the grocery store when they don't have an ingredient to fit into their recipes," she said.
All of the food preservation techniques canning, freezing, dehydrating, fermenting and cold storage delay or stop spoilage while sealing in flavor and nutritional value. But home canners must use the proper techniques so they don't pass along any food-borne illnesses.
Under-processing canned goods could lead to bacteria in the food without any outward signs of spoilage, said Elizabeth Andress, a University of Georgia food safety specialist.
"Gift giving is not a good time to experiment or try new procedures," Andress said. "If you're talking canning, don't experiment with anything in the low-acid realm at all." That would include meats and vegetables.
Also, ensure that the jars you use are meant for canning.
"Some jars are intended for non-canning purposes, like crafts," and can't withstand the heat or temperature changes of the canning process, Andress said.
Be descriptive with jar labels. You can make your own or find labels made to order online.
"In addition to letting the receiver know exactly what the food is by listing the ingredients on the label, it's a nice touch to recommend how to use it," Andress said. "Things like apple rings or chutneys or pepper jellies. The latter is especially good with cream cheese."
Roxanne Bon of the Beaumont Garden Center will speak on Organic Vegetable Gardening when the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society meets 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave., Redlands.
Bon has worked with Mel Bartholomew and Elliot Coleman, pioneers in the organic movement.
She will talk about how to grow bigger and healthier vegetables with simple techniques.
Her program will cover raised-bed gardening, how to create a living soil, the use of organic fertilizers, how to incorporate organic pest control, the benefits of worm farming and watering.
She has been teaching classes on organic gardening since 2004 and has hosted a radio talk show on gardening.
The program is free and open to the public. For information, go to Redlandsgardenclub.com.
Source: Frank Herendeen, Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society
The Nash County Sheriffs Office reported Tuesday that six suspects have been arrested on charges related to a reported home repair fraud perpetrated on an elderly victim.
Nash County deputies responded to a callJune 7concerning possible home repair fraud on the 6000 block of N.C. 58. The victim told deputies that she had paid several thousands of dollars for home repairs over a period of several months but did not believe the repairs had been done.
An investigation by Nash County detectives revealed that no repairs had been completed on the home. A Nash County building inspector also responded to the residence and conducted an inspection of the home and confirmed that the work the suspects claimed to have performed had not been done.
As a result of the investigation, warrants for exploitation of disabled/elder trust were issued for seven suspects who were reportedly involved in the home repair fraud. Six of the suspects have been arrested and charged. A warrant for Johnny Ray Rogers Jr., 32, remains outstanding.
Those charged in connection with the incident include:
Travis Kevin Tyndall, 31, of44 Holly Drive inSharpsburg. He was placed under$150,000 secured bond.
David Michael Millette, 43, of4550 Rooks Lane in Rocky Mount. He was placed under$50,000 secured bond.
Jennifer Ellen Thorpe, 28, of 89 Todd Lane in Tarboro. She was released under a promise to appear.
Richard Jamerson Davis, 32, of373 Jessica Lane in Rocky Mount. He was placed under a$3,000 secured bond.
Jim Henry Bullock Jr., 41, of340 Rouse Road in Rocky Mount. He was placed under a$30,000 secured bond.
Adam Keith Peele, 31, of 2952 Abner Drive in Rocky Mount. He was placed under a$30,000 Secured bond.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rogers, of 13657 U.S. 64 Alternate in Rocky Mount,is asked to contact the sheriffs office at 459-1510.
BOWIE, Md., April 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Patients can return to a favorite hobby and avoid gardening injuries with a few biomechanical changes and tips, reports Taber Chiropractic. Patients are surprised to discover how small changes to their movements and reevaluation of gardening tasks can allow them to enjoy spring gardening and reduce muscle strain and back pain, as well as avoid potential back injuries. Gardening is known to be a significant cause of neck and back pain and a little information helps patients to garden safely. Taber Chiropractic helps patients return to gardening and other hobbies with only a few adjustments.
Patients often visit chiropractors for leaf raking injuries. More than 28,000 people receive medical treatment each year for injuries in the neck, back and shoulder as a result of disposal of leaves. Avoid leaf raking injuries by warming-up with stretches and windmills, choosing a rake suited for your size, switching hands periodically, and bending and lifting with the legs. Approach to a spring gardening task should be thoughtful, especially when it is weight-bearing or requires assuming a single position for a considerable period of time. Complaints of lower and mid back pain are common, but surprisingly may not always find its source in the lower back. Thoracolumbar Syndrome is such a condition of referred pain that results from stress on the spinal column and nerve compression. Chiropractors can identify and treat the source of such pain.
Chiropractic treatments can effectively treat spring gardening back injuries, said Dr. Theodore Taber. As an experienced chiropractor, I try to educate my patients on what to do to avoid back injuries while gardening or enjoying other outdoor activities. Many patients feel a significant difference with a few physical and behavioral changes and are surprised to discover how much better they feel when implementing suggested changes while gardening. In addition, these changes help patients maintain better spinal alignment and reduce chances of a back injury. When chiropractic adjustments are needed, this gentle treatment taps into the bodys natural healing response and reduces the need for pain medications and increases range of motion. Our staff strives to help patients understand how to work in their garden without inducing unnecessary pain and stress on the body.
Dr. Theodore Taber and Dr. Diane Taber are chiropractors serving residents of Bowie, Crofton, Mitchellville, Woodmore, Greenbelt, Glenn Dale, and Upper Marlboro. Patients benefit from services including traditional chiropractic adjustments, Impulse IQ, distraction, drop work in the pelvis, upper core and lower core exercises, spinal rehab, physiotherapy and also benefit from pain management. The goal at Taber Chiropracticis to improve the health of patients with their range of complementary services.
Call (301) 352-4500 to learn more about how to avoid back injuries when spring gardening or visit http://taberchiropractic.com/for more details.
Taber Chiropractic, (301) 352-4500