Preparing for a Home Food Preservation Season: Pressure Canners

A pressure canner may have a dial gauge for indicating the pressure or a weighted gauge, for indicating and regulating the pressure.  Regardless of the type of canner chosen, the USDA recommends that a canner be large enough to hold at least 4-quart jars standing upright on the rack, with the lid in place.  A pressure canner must […]

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May is Mental Health Month

N.E.W Mental Health Connection has events planned for the month! Check out the website for many great events and resources!  Click on the numbered points below for flyers and registrations.   Get involved and join the CALL TO ACTION!  Here’s what you can do along with N.E.W Mental Health Connection: Join our virtual kickoff event […]

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Botulism Risk: Canned Beans Recalled from Costco

Faribault Foods Inc. (Minnesota) is recalling certain cans of S&W Organic Black Beans and Chili Beans sold at Costco stores because the cans may have compromised seals that could lead to botulism poisoning. The compromised hermetic seal may affect can integrity and may cause the cans to leak, bloat, or allow bacteria, such as Clostridium botulinum, to grow inside the product which could […]

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Best Practices when Choosing Home Canning Jars

The most important step in safe home canning is to follow an up-to-date research tested recipe, including using a standard glass jar.  Jars for home canning come in a wide variety of sizes: ½ pint, pint, 1½ pint, quart, and ½ gallon sizes.  Not all sizes can be safely used in a recipe, so check prior to […]

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Compassionate Care: Anger

As we process the past year and address current conditions, you may be feeling angry.  Anger is normal, but it is critical that you find healthy ways to manage these intense feelings.  Things to consider: Remember that anger shows up in people in different ways, different things make different people angry, and behind the anger […]

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U.S. Set to Declare Sesame as a Major Allergen

The Big 8 Food Allergens Millions of Americans have food allergies and may experience an adverse reaction to products that contain allergens.  Of those that are school age, an estimated 8% of children in the United States have a food allergy.  That’s 1 in 13 children, or about 2 students per classroom.  A food allergy occurs […]

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Put a Lid on It! Lids for Home Canning

By far the most important step in safe home canning is to follow an up-to-date, research tested recipe.  Research-tested recipes recommend metal 2-piece lids for home canning.  Two-piece lids are sold to fit regular and wide-mouth glass canning jars and are made up of a flat metal lid and a metal screw band.  The lid contains a sealing […]

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Selling Maple Syrup in Wisconsin

Sugar maple, state tree of Wisconsin Wisconsin ranks 4th in the nation behind Vermont, New York, and Maine in production of maple syrup.  In 2014, Wisconsin producers yielded 200,000 gallons of maple syrup, contributing 6.2 percent of the country’s total maple syrup supply.  The 2014 crop was valued at about $3.2 million. What are the […]

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Focus on Food Safety When Making Maple Syrup

Making maple syrup is a time-honored tradition in many parts of Wisconsin, and it is as much of an art as a science.  Even though sap does run in other trees such as birch and elm in early spring, maples produce more and sweeter sap than any other tree. Collection.  Once trees are tapped, a collecting […]

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