So you got a deer!

For many people in Wisconsin, fall means 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 help you safely harvest a deer is the […]

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Are electric multi-cookers safe for canning? No

A simple search of advertising flyers these days reveals any number of electric multi-cookers for sale. And with the winter holidays around the corner, you may be wondering about gifting one of these units to a friend or family member. Are these electric multi-cookers safe for canning? Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No.’ These units have not […]

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Safe Substitutions when Canning

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 are […]

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Safe Preserving: Using a Steam Canner

Not everyone is aware that several years ago, the University of Wisconsin published research which indicates that a Steam Canner may be safely used for canning naturally acid foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, acidified-foods such as salsa or pickles,and jams and jellies as long as all of the following criteria are met: Foods must […]

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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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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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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 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 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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