Too many zucchini? How to use your surplus

It is that time of year when zucchinis seem to multiply overnight in the garden. What can you do with all this zucchini? Fortunately, this vegetable’s mild flavor is like a blank canvas and takes on the flavors of what you prepare with it. You can sneak nutrition into a variety of products with this …

Water Bath Canning

Preserving foods at home, especially canning, is becoming more popular and there are a number of recipes, blogs, and canning guidelines available on internet. As exciting as it is, some of these sources are not research-based and give unsafe food handling advice. We here at Breathing Room want to make sure your homemade products are …

A Brief History of Food Preservation

During the first agricultural revolution, preserving foods ensured long-term supply of food, reduced the burden to hunt, and prevented spoilage of excess agricultural produce. Today, food preservation is a reemerging skill in Maryland. If you fondly recall making strawberry jam with your grandmother, then join me and my colleagues at our food preservation classes, where …

Go With Your Gut

Your colon or large intestine is home to about four pounds of bacteria that enter your system from food and the environment, many of which are “good” bacteria that are vital to your health. Emerging research shows that these probiotics help improve digestion and absorption of foods and nutrients. Probiotics can also activate your immune …

Spring Clean The Kitchen For A Health Makeover

Spring brings thoughts of cleaning and making changes. Cafeterias and supermarkets have proven that you can shift food and drink choices by making healthy food more appealing, more visible, and more accessible. So why not start in your kitchen with changes that can boost your family’s health? Countertop Start with your counter because it’s one …