Wild blackberries and dewberries have long been treasured for cobblers, jellies, jams and other tasty dishes. Learn how to pick, use, freeze, can and make syrups, jellies and jams. Recipes included.
The Louisiana yam is an exceptional type of sweet potato, sweet and flavorful, with a soft moist flesh. It is delicious whether baked, boiled, fried, mashed, candied or used in hundreds of other ways — from main dishes to desserts. This publication includes information on the nutritive value, selection and preparations for freezing, boiling or candying yams or sweet potatoes. (PDF format only)
Okra is one of the favorite summer vegetables in the Southern diet because it grows through the hot summer months when few other fresh vegetables are available from the garden. The fresh flavor of okra can be enjoyed all winter by freezing the summer surplus. Use these freezing guidelines to enjoy okra year-round. (PDF Format Only)
Blueberries are nature’s No. 1 source of antioxidants among more than 50 fresh fruits and vegetables studied. They also are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Information on pick-your-own operations, selection, storage, preparation, freezing, canning and using Louisiana blueberries can be found in this publication. (PDF Format Only)
If you take a trip into wooded areas in Louisiana in late August and early September, you’ll find vines filled with clusters of small purple muscadines often called the “Grape of the South.” These wild delicacies have been gathered for centuries to make delicious jellies, jams and preserves. Recipes included. (PDF format only)
Including seafood as part of an overall balanced diet can provide many health benefits. This publication includes tips on selecting, storing and using seafood. (PDF Format Only)
Home-canned beans are safe, nutritious and good to eat -- if canned properly. Use these steps to successfully can green beans. (PDF Format Only)
Greens freeze well, and most of them may be canned successfully at home if special precautions are taken to ensure adequate processing in a pressure canner. Use these steps to successfully can mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, spinach, kale or chard. (PDF Format Only)
Greens are one of the few fresh vegetables that grow well in the late fall, winter and early spring. Greens make significant contributions of nutrients to the diet and can be served in a variety of ways. (PDF format only)
This publication includes information on the history, types, value, selection and freezing of squash.
The mayhaw is the fruit of the thorny hawthorne tree. Learn about mayhaw production, use and harvesting and how to to make jellies, jams and syrups from this wild fruit. Recipes are included. (PDF format only)
This publication includes information on the varieties, storing, picking and nutritive value of pears. It also includes recipes and interesting pear facts. (PDF Format Only)
Enjoy Louisiana crawfish for delicious taste and good nutrition. Crawfish are an excellent source of high-quality protein and are low in calories, fat and saturated fat. Information on types of crawfish, availability, cooking, freezing, nutrients and recipes included. (PDF Format Only)
Enjoy Louisiana peaches for good heath. This publication includes information on use, variety development, selection, amounts to buy, storage, freezing and canning. It also includes recipes for freezing, canning, preserves, honey, marmalade, pickles, relish, conserves and cobbler. (PDF Format Only)
You can enjoy the delicious flavor of fresh fruits year-round by freezing fruits and berries during the short season when they are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Freezing will not improve the quality of any food but will maintain it if the procedures recommended in this publication are followed. (PDF format only)
With the increased number of home gardens, more people are interested in freezing or canning surplus fruits and vegetables. Although freezing is one of the simplest and best ways to “put up” most fruits and vegetables, canning can be an economical way to preserve food at home. Use these to steps for safe home canning. (PDF Format Only)
Freezing is one of the simplest and best ways to preserve vegetables. It is less time consuming than other methods, and the color, flavor, texture and nutritive value are much like the fresh product. This publication includes information on how to freeze your vegetables.