We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.
Multiple Apples hanging from an Apple tree on a bright blue background

Safe Preserving: Apples, the best of the fall harvest

With the bounty of Wisconsin’s harvest all around us, it’s a great time of year to think of preserving the sweetness and tang of apples for enjoyment all year round. Fall weather brings the best fresh apples in bushels. Apples can be dried, made into applesauce or apple butter, or made into jelly. Apple pie […]


Safe & Healthy: Cucumbers contaminated with Salmonella

There is a national recall of cucumbers on-going due to Salmonella contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Food and Drug Administration and several states, is investigating an outbreak of illness from Salmonella Poona linked to contaminated cucumbers. A total of 285 cases of illness have been reported in 27 states; […]


Safe & Healthy: Listeria in frozen vegetables

There have been two national recalls recently of commercially frozen vegetables due to potential contamination with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. On August 26, 2015, General Mills recalled 60,000 packages of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The 10-ounce bags of frozen green beans […]

canned tomatoes

Safe Preserving: Eating and Preserving Tomatoes Affected by Late Blight

Late blight has hit parts of Wisconsin hard again this year. The home gardener can be worried because it’s a disease that affects tomatoes and potatoes just at the peak of harvest, and some may be wondering whether ripening tomatoes or freshly harvested potatoes are safe for eating or preserving. Late blight is a common […]


Safe Preserving: What to do when a trip to NYC is cancelled?

What is any self-respecting person to do when a weekend trip to New York City with her twin sister and daughter is suddenly cancelled?…Why canning beets, of course!  My daughter and I were scheduled to spend a weekend in NYC with my twin sister, sightseeing and shopping prior to the start of the fall semester.  […]


Safe & Healthy: Salmonella in Spices

Two recent news stories highlighted the need to talk about the increasing link between spices that we might find in our kitchens and foodborne illness.  On Wednesday, July 29, 2016, Kroger stores in 31 states recalled store-brand ground cinnamon, course ground black pepper, Bac’n Buds, and garlic powder due to possible contamination with Salmonella.   A sample of Kroger […]

beef stew

Safe Preserving: Canning Mixtures

When our gardens are overflowing with many types of vegetables, it’s tempting to think of canning these vegetables together as mixtures. Take care, there are certain precautions to take when canning vegetable or vegetable/meat mixtures. There are a few tested recipes that are a great place to start when planning to can vegetable mixtures. The […]


Safe Preserving: Time to Make Pickles

The garden is ready, time to make pickles! Many vegetables can be pickled, with flavorful results. And pickling low-acid vegetables like green beans and cucumbers allow these products to be canned quickly and easily in a boiling water or  steam canner. Pickling may seem to be a rather mysterious process, with complex steps and unusual […]

Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Safe Preserving: Time-Saving Tips

If you are like me, the summer is a time when you have two full-time jobs. One of my jobs is as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the other is as a gardener and food processor.  At nights and on the weekends, I am either working in the garden or processing the bounty […]

Image courtesy of Food Safety News.

Safe Preserving: Largest botulism outbreak in 40 years

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a report on the largest botulism outbreak in the United States in 40 years. On April 19, 2015 a church in Lancaster, Ohio held a widely attended potluck luncheon at which potato salad containing home-canned potatoes was one item served. One woman died of respiratory failure linked to botulism […]