Safe & Healthy: Best not to kiss your chickens

Health officials across the United States are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of the end of June, 2015, 181 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 40 states, with 33 people hospitalized as a result. The increased number of families […]

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Safe Preserving: Can electric cookers be used for canning?

A simple web search these days reveals any number of electric pressure cookers for sale. While these units claim that they can be used as pressure canners, this is not the case. These units have not been tested to ensure that they may safely be used for canning, and they are only recommended for cooking. […]

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Safe & Healthy: Green Eggs and Green Ham

In the famous children’s book by Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham,  Sam-I-Am persists in asking the story’s lead character  to try green eggs and ham.  It makes for an engaging children’s story, but are green eggs and ham safe to eat? Let’s find out! Why is the yolk of a hard-boiled egg sometimes green […]

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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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Safe Preserving: Safe Changes and Substitutions when Preserving Fruits

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 an Atmospheric Steam Canner

The University of Wisconsin has (finally!) published research which indicates that an Atmospheric Steam Canner may be safely used for canning naturally acid foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified-foods such as salsa or pickles, as long as all of the following criteria are met: Foods must be high in acid, with a […]

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Safe & Healthy: Apple Cider

When fall arrives, many of us look forward to enjoying fresh juice and apple cider. While most people think of juices as healthy foods, juice and cider could pose a health risk to your family unless they are heated to kill harmful bacteria. News stories every year highlight this risk; here are some examples:   […]

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Safe Preserving: Tips for Safe Sauerkraut and Genuine Dills

Sauerkraut and genuine dill pickles are fermented products. Natural fermentation is one of the oldest means of food preservation. In a natural fermentation reaction we select for native microflora to accomplish the fermentation, there is no added starter culture. The natural bacteria feed off sugars drawn from the cabbage or cukes and produce acid. Acid […]

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Safe Preserving: Flavored Vinegars

Flavored vinegars are very easy to prepare and delicious with summer-time salads. They are favored by chefs for adding excitement to special dishes. Cooking at home is also enlivened by the blended flavor of vinegar and herbs, fruits, vegetables and/or spices. And because they are naturally so high in acid, flavored vinegars allow more creativity […]

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Safe & Healthy: Friendship Bread & Sourdough Starters

It wasn’t long ago that my daughter came home from school bearing a plastic bag with a mass of sticky dough and asked me to ‘feed it’ and bake bread for her class once it had grown ‘big and strong.’  My daughter knows that I am an avid bread baker, but this was  my first […]

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