Expanded Recall Linked to Contaminated Onions

Taylor Farms is recalling a variety of products containing onions, diced and chopped raw onion mixtures, and pasta or chicken salad containing raw onions.  Taylor Farms used onions in manufacturing that were recalled by Thomson International, Inc.  Onions have been recalled nationwide because of contamination with Salmonella Newport.  The recall of onion-containing products is effective in all 50 states and […]

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At the End of Canning, Why Wait 5-10 Minutes?

Many current home canning recommendations suggest a 5 to 10 minute wait at the end of the canning process prior to removing jars from the canner.  Why is this wait time now included in some canning recipes and it is necessary for safety?  Some home canning recipes, such as the Ball (Fresh Preserving) recipe for Classic Strawberry Jam, include as […]

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National Recall: Salmonella and Onions

On Saturday, August 1, media outlets reported a nationwide recall of Thomson red onions because of a Salmonella Newport outbreak.  The red onions from Thomson International Inc. are the likely source of the outbreak, which has sickened more than 500 people in the U.S. and Canada, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for […]

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A Fresh Look at Steam Canning

It’s jam and jelly season!  Let’s review the use of an atmospheric steam canner for canning acid foods.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted research showing that an atmospheric steam canner may be used to safely can naturally acid foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified-foods such as salsa or pickles.  The atmospheric steam […]

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Farmers to Families Food Box Available 10am – 12pm TODAY!!!

The USDA is partnering with farmers, distributors and nonprofits to ensure that everyone has access to the fresh produce, meat and dairy they need during the COVID-19 crisis.  Receive your food box during the weekly Oshkosh drive-thru distribution.  Be sure to clear out your trunk before you come.  First come, first served basis.  FREE FOR […]

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Let’s Talk Wednesdays!

Join us from 10:00 – 10:30am this Wednesday, July 22nd for our Let’s Talk Wednesday digital conversation for everyone!  This week’s topic is: isolation, ways to connect, and ideas for wellness and building community. Join Zoom Meeting: https://uwextension.zoom.us/j/91255673388?pwd=bVBLRkdiK1REWkFqdlRKbGtqTmFNQT09 Meeting ID: 912 5567 3388 Password: 1234

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Are You Ready for Canning Season?

Are you getting ready to harvest any crops to preserve?  Make sure your canner lid is functioning properly with a yearly test.  The Extension Winnebago County office offers free testing of pressure canner lids!  Testing is available by appointment only at this time.  Please contact Mandi Dornfeld, Human Development & Relationships Educator, at amanda.dornfeld@wisc.edu to […]

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What’s Up with Condiments?

Whether it’s ketchup and mustard on a burger or mayonnaise used in a favorite potato salad, do condiments need to be stored in the refrigerator?  Looking at the container for your favorite sauce or condiment, you will almost always find the words Refrigerate after Opening.  My own home refrigerator has over a dozen such bottles: barbecue sauces, salad dressings, mayonnaise, mustard, […]

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Cooking Chicken this Summer: Do it Safely!

Many American households fire up the grill as summertime arrives.  Whether cooking chicken on the grill or stove, a new study revealed that it’s important to do so safely.  A study published in April 2020 by European scientists in the journal PLOS One suggests that consumers routinely fail to accurately judge doneness of chicken.  Cooking […]

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Food Safety News You can Use from the Division of Extension

Summer weather can bring heavy rains and power outages due to lightening and high winds.  Extension has information that you can use to keep yourself and your family food-safe: Emergency Preparedness (USDA; many resources in Spanish) Keep Food Safe after a Disaster or Emergency (CDC, also in Spanish) Gardening in the Time of COVID-19 (UW Division of Extension) […]

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