Fresh or Frozen: Purchasing a Thanksgiving Turkey

Fresh? Frozen? Organic? Natural? Hen or Tom?  There are plenty of decisions to make when purchasing your Thanksgiving turkey. Turkeys to be sold fresh are quick-chilled to 40°F or lower at the processing facility, but must not go below a temperature of 26°F. You may think that turkeys chilled to this temperature would be ‘frozen’, […]

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Plan Ahead to Avoid Thanksgiving Panic

Over the next few weeks, we’ll consider the steps in getting a Thanksgiving meal successfully (and safely) on the table. Our first topic: Plan ahead to avoid Thanksgiving panic. The Thanksgiving holiday focuses on bringing family and friends together over a shared meal. Planning ahead will help ensure an enjoyable holiday. Tips for starting the […]

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What does ‘organic’ really mean?

I am old enough that I heard the term ‘organic’ defined in chemistry class long before the term was widely applied to food products. So what does it mean when a food product is ‘organic?’   A recent post by the American Council for Science and Health attempts to address some of the confusion. “Organic” […]

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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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Labeling Added Sugars

Sugar is sugar, right? Not so fast according to an article in Food Processing and reporting by the Center for Food Integrity. It’s getting a bit confusing with new requirements to label ‘added sugar.’  There is sugar and then there’s ‘added sugar’ which metabolically is the same as sugar, but will now be labeled differently […]

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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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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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