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Family & Consumer Sciences

Growing Pains
Growing Pains UGA’s range of efforts supporting Georgia agriculture is a resource network that reaches virtually every county and crop in the state. By Paige Parvin | Published: 3/2/2021
Free Tax Prep
Free Tax Prep The VITA program is designed to provide free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with low to moderate income, those with disabilities and the elderly. By Cal Powell | Published: 2/26/2021
The Basic FACS
The Basic FACS UGA Cooperative Extension agents launch podcast with useful tips, lessons on Family and Consumer Sciences topics. By Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/23/2021
Pollution Affects Adolescent Development
Pollution Affects Adolescent Development Study of Chinese adolescents shows that air pollution has adverse effects on soft-skill development. By Sean Montgomery | Published: 2/10/2021
Jellyfish Product Development
Jellyfish Product Development A team of UGA researchers has set in motion a plan to begin developing novel food ingredients from jellyfish harvested in coastal Georgia. By Sean Montgomery | Published: 2/5/2021
Shattered Ceilings
Shattered Ceilings U.S. Department of Defense Department Chief Ada Bacetty leads conversation about equality By Sean Montgomery | Published: 2/4/2021
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Extension Publications
So Easy To Preserve
So Easy To Preserve (B 989) The 6th edition of this popular book is available for purchase only. The 388-page book covers topics on Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Sweet Spreads and Syrups, Freezing and Drying. There are 10 new products and two revised product recommendations in this edition. It's suitable for both new and veteran food preservers. Information on how to purchase this for-sale publication is available at:
Developing a Recall Plan: A Guide for Small Food Processing Facilities (B 1509) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a recall as actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. A well-designed recall plan will help to effectively locate the recalled product, remove it from the market, and locate the source of error in the product. It serves a guide for the company to follow if a situation requiring a recall presents itself. Recalls can be conducted on a firm's own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority. If a situation requiring a recall does present itself, it is in the company’s best interest to recall a product before an outbreak occurs.
Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products (FDNS-E-43-02) When tomatoes are canned, they are heated hot enough and long enough to destroy organisms that can make people sick in addition to spoilage organisms. Tomatoes are treated as an acid food for canning purposes. Many tomato products may be safely canned in a boiling water canner. However, because some tomatoes can be slightly low-acid for canning purposes, added acid is required in the boiling water canning of plain tomatoes, juice and sauce. This publication provides directions for canning a variety of tomato products as well as the equipment and procedures necessary for this type of food preparation. For more information on food preservation, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation online at
Jams and Jellies (FDNS-E-43-08) Sweet spreads—butters, jellies, jams, conserves, marmalades and preserves—add zest to meals. All contain the four essential ingredients needed to make a jellied fruit product–fruit, pectin, acid and sugar. They differ, however, depending upon fruit used, proportion of different ingredients, method of preparation and density of the fruit pulp. This publication deals with the basics of making jellies and jams, without adding pectin. Information on ingredients, equipment, and the canning process are provided in this publication. Recipes for jellies and jams are also included. For more information on food preservation, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation online at
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