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Safe & Healthy: What to do when the power goes out?

If the power goes off in your home due to a winter storm, it may be difficult to determine whether the food in your refrigerator or freezer is safe to consume. There are some guidelines that will help you decide whether to keep or discard food items after a power outage. Refrigerated Foods Generally, refrigerated […]

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Start planning now for home canning, food preservation season

When it comes to flavor and taste, few things compare to home-canned produce fresh from the garden. The home canning and preserving season will be here before we know it, so now is a good time to start preparing. “Preserving food from your garden or orchard can be a good way to enjoy the bounty […]

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Egg safety basics for springtime celebrations

Eggs are a familiar symbol of spring. They are one of nature’s most nutritious and economical foods and feature prominently at many spring holiday celebrations. A few basic steps will help ensure all your springtime recipes are “eggcellent” and food safe. According to Barbara Ingham, food science specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, thorough cooking […]

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Tips for preparing a delicious and food safe, roast turkey

A delectable roast turkey is often the centerpiece of the family Thanksgiving dinner. Keeping in mind some food safety tips while preparing your holiday bird will help ensure it is not only tasty, but also free of foodborne bacteria that may cause illness, according to Barbara Ingham, food science specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. […]


Preserving acid foods with a steam canner? Here’s what you need to know

This spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison published research showing that atmospheric steam canners may be used to safely can naturally acidic foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified foods such as salsa or pickles. But certain criteria must be met for the food to be safe to eat when using these canners, says […]


Safe Preserving: So You Got A Deer

For many people in Wisconsin, fall means deer season, this can be bow season or gun-deer season. The University of Wisconsin Extension has several resources to help hunters, and their families, safely prepare and preserve venison once a deer is harvested. For more details go to: So You Got A Deer    


Preserving Food at Home Blog

It’s the time of year for preserving food at home. If you or someone you know would benefit from keeping up on food preservation and food safety topics, you may want to subscribe to the Safe & Healthy: Preserving Food at Home blog. In order to keep up-to-date with this blog, subscribe via RSS feed.


Safe Home Food Preservation

There is nothing quite like home-canned tomatoes or crisp family-favorite dill pickles.  Preserving food from your garden or farmers market is not only rewarding but can make for easy and delicious family meals later on.  For information on preserving food safely go to: http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu   To ensure that food is properly and safely canned, make […]


Finding Safer Organic and Natural Meat Preservatives

Jeff Sindelar, UW-Extension Meat Specialist, UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, discusses how to ensure food safety in natural and organic processed meats.  To download an audio version or read the entire transcript, go to:  Food Safety in Processed Meats