Safe Preserving: Watermelon Jelly

A consumer called asking for a recipe for Watermelon Jelly. Where do I find a tested recipe? I am glad that consumers look to their Extension office for accurate information, especially in a case like this. Just about 18 months ago, in March of 2011, there was an outbreak of botulism poisoning linked to watermelon […]

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Safe Preserving: Dilly Beans

I canned dilly beans using the same recipe that I always use. Why are they all shriveled?  Dilly beans are a Wisconsin favorite. There are several reasons that dilled beans, or other pickled products, can take on a ‘wrinkly’ appearance after canning. Placing vegetables in too strong a vinegar, sugar, or salt brine can cause […]

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Safe & Healthy: Wash Your Hands, Not Your Poultry

Did Julia Child get it wrong?  A story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 correctly noted that poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, etc) should not be washed before cooking.  Washing poultry spreads germs to other areas of the kitchen, and is not effective at removing bacteria that may be present.  A […]

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Safe Preserving: Low Salt Pickles

My husband is on a low-sodium diet. How do I reduce the amount of salt when I make genuine dill pickles? Salt is important to the safe fermentation of genuine dill pickles (crock pickles) and sauerkraut.  The right amount and type of salt has three important functions: salt selects for the good bacteria needed for […]

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Safe Preserving: Tomatoes Tart & Tasty!

Add Acid to Tomatoes When Canning: Here’s Why! No matter whether you say tomato (toh-may-toh ) or tomato (tuh–may-toh), tomatoes are the most popular home-canned item. A national survey in 2005 indicated that 59% of home-canners added tomatoes to their pantry shelves that season. And not only are they a popular home-canned item, but home […]

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Safe Preserving: Summer Squash

I can’t seem to find a recipe for canning my summer squash, what should I do? Not all foods can be safely preserved by canning, and summer squash is one of them. Even in a pressure canner, a research tested recipe has not been developed that will allow consumers to safely can summer squash. This […]

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