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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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: 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 […]

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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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