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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Safe Preserving: Play it safe when preserving vegetables

The safety of the food that you preserve for your family and friends is important to you. The University of Wisconsin-Extension supports using up-to-date, research-tested recipes so that you know that the food that you preserve is both safe and high in quality. Here are a few quick tips on changes and substitutions that will […]

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Safe Preserving: Peppers

Peppers have grown in popularity in recent years and a wide variety are available at farm markets, in neighborhood grocery stores, and for us to grow in our own gardens. Native to the Americas, most varieties of peppers belong to the Capsicum family. Almost all peppers turn from green to red, yellow, orange or purple […]

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Safe Preserving: Lunchtime Learning Series

Preserving Wisconsin’s Harvest: Lunch & Learn at the UW County Extension Office. Join colleagues and friends at your County Extension Office for webinar-based sessions on food safety and food preservation topics. Distance-learning lectures will include the ability to ask questions of food safety and food preservation experts from UW-Extension. Each topic will feature background information, […]

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Safe Preserving: Preserving Mushrooms Safely

There are hundreds of different kinds of wild mushrooms in Wisconsin. Some are edible and delicious when prepared, while others are poisonous; but the vast majority are not considered edible because of their small size and poor flavor or texture. Mushrooms grow in a wide variety of habitats, and are important as decay organisms, aiding […]

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Safe & Healthy: Keep it Cold

While most of us would welcome warmer weather, it is important to keep perishable food cold.  There is a food safety saying that states, “Keep Hot Things Hot and Cold Things Cold.” Perishable foods, those that support the rapid growth of microorganisms, should be kept either warm enough or cold enough to prevent microbial growth.  […]

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Safe Preserving: Venison

Venison adds variety and flavor to the fall and winter table. When handled properly it can make an excellent meat. It can be frozen as meat cuts or sausage. It can also be preserved by canning, curing, or drying. Use care when field-dressing the deer. Cool the carcass to 35 to 40°F as soon as […]

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Safe Preserving: So You Got a Deer

For many people in Wisconsin, fall means deer season, this can be bow season on gun-deer season.  The University of Wisconsin Extension has several resources to help you safely handle your harvest of wild game, especially deer. Fall weather can be variable, from mild to freezing temperatures, bare ground to snow.  The best information to […]

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