The Food, Nutrition and Health program is focused on improving nutrition, physical activity, and food safety outcomes for Nebraskans. The Food Website is a pioneer in connecting all the Extension food-related areas of a university under one umbrella website.

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Food, Nutrition & Health

By Debbie Kuenning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator 

Reducing food waste can help individuals save approximately $370 per year. The average American family of four may be able to save close to $1,500 annually by preventing food waste. The USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency have a goal to cut our nation’s food waste by 50% by the year 2030. Food waste can occur along any part of the food chain. Consumers contribute to food waste through preparing more food than needed and throwing away the extra.

By Andrea Nisely, UNL Extension Educator, Dawson County

Salt is generally added to canned foods to enhance their flavor. Canning or Pickling Salt is recommended for home food preservation. 

By Tammie Ostdiek, Extension Educator – Food, Nutrition and Health

Delicious vegetables and fruits are abundant in August. And gardeners know that a lot of this produce is ready for harvest at the same time, making it difficult to use before it goes to waste.

Tammie Ostdiek, Extension Educator - Food, Nutrition and Health

The great outdoors offers an abundance of adventures for the entire family, and health benefits both physical and mental – less stress, exercise, sunshine, improved moods, fresh air are just a few of the rewards of spending time camping and getting away from external distractions.

Spring planning preparations for fall food preservation

Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, and green beans – these vegetables are family favorites, and somehow they taste better when they come from your own garden. They are delicious and nutritious either straight out of the garden or picked and preserved for later.

Rising food costs have prompted more people to start home gardens with plans to preserve abundant harvests. Careful planning in the spring will help in preparing to preserve food in the fall.

Information you need on canning, freezing, and drying can now be found in a new newsletter! A link will be sent to your e-mail when a new issue comes out. Sign up at https://food.unl.edu/food-preservation-newsletter.