Food Safety Expert Shares Canning Tips During a Live Online Demonstration

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Dr. Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist with N.C. Cooperative Extension, will join Brenda Sutton, The Produce Lady, in a live, one-hour demonstration on proper canning techniques for tomatoes at 1 p.m. on July 22. Viewers can tune in by logging on to or access the live feed from The Produce Lady Facebook page. Viewers will have an opportunity to interact with the experts by using an online chat box to ask any questions about food preservation and safety.

The Produce Lady program, supported with a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, teaches farmers and consumers the wonders of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The program shares nutritional details, demonstrates how to prepare fresh produce as tasty meals and snacks, and advises how to preserve them to use throughout the year.

Fresh North Carolina tomatoes are available widely across the state from July to October, and can be purchased at local farmers markets. The live video stream will feature the water bath canner method and the pressure canner method for preserving tomatoes so that consumers can enjoy nutritious, local tomatoes throughout the year. Water bath canning is a more basic method of preserving foods and has a limited number of uses in comparison to pressure canning, but both techniques are great for preserving tomatoes. For information on how to use canned tomatoes and other fresh or preserved produce, check out the recipes section of The Produce Lady website at

The N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, and its N.C. Cooperative Extension outreach, coordinates The Produce Lady program, which includes a video service, monthly e-newsletter, farmers market appearances and website.

Watch the recording!

(Note: This recording contains video that is choppy, but the audio is clear. A professional video featuring Dr. Ben Chapman and The Produce Lady, Brenda Sutton, that gives a more detailed demonstration of both the hot water bath and pressure canning methods is in production. The video will be added to The Produce Lady section once completed. Stay tuned!)