Safe Preserving: Oozing canned pie filling

My pie filling sometimes oozes out of the top of the jar when I remove the jars from the canner. What did I do wrong? With apples plentiful this time of year, many of us plan to capture the flavor of the season by making, and canning, apple pie filling. Many different fruits can be canned […]

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Safe & Healthy: Salads, herbs sold in Wisconsin Recalled for E. coli

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that BrightFarms is voluntarily recalling packaged produce sold in Roundy’s Supermarkets due to the potential presence of E. coli at its greenhouse farm in Rochelle, Illinois. The affected BrightFarms branded products are sold at Mariano’s Markets in Illinois and Metro Market and Pick ‘n Save stores in Wisconsin. The recall […]

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Safe & Healthy: Freshcut veggies recalled for Listeria

Large food recalls have recently forced consumers to throw away foods such as fresh vegetables and hummus because of contamination with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. On October 20, 2017, Mann Packing Co. initiated a recall of almost 150 freshcut vegetable products distributed across both the U.S. and Canada – the recall was because […]

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Safe & Healthy: Organic Tarragon recall linked to Salmonella

Organic Spices Inc. is recalling dried Organic Tarragon because of possible Salmonella contamination. The product was distributed in over 20 states, including Wisconsin and Minnesota. Organic Tarragon was sold to customers through retail stores and online. The recall was initiated when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered Salmonella on routine sampling of the raw material. Consumers can identify the recalled Organic […]

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Safe Preserving: Preserving Pumpkin or Winter Squash

With pumpkin-flavored products abundant in the grocery stores these days, it’s tempting to try your hand at your own pumpkin ‘creations’ at home. Here are tips for safely preserving pumpkin and winter squash. Canning. Pumpkin and winter squash are low in acid and must be canned in a pressure canner. The product is canned in […]

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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: 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 […]

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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 & Healthy: The Risks of Raw Milk and Raw Milk Cheese

My family enjoys biking together. This past weekend we did a 25-mile loop to Paoli and Verona and back to Madison.  It was a perfect summer day, and we passed a lot of dairy farms on our route. The cows on the farms seemed contented, and so were we.  Recent results released by the Centers […]

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