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Preserving Sweet Corn

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh sweet corn, but it can also be easily preserved to enjoy year-round. Sweet corn can be preserved by freezing, pressure canning or dehydration...more


Preserving greens

Greens are excellent sources of vitamin A, calcium, folic acid and fiber. Preserve spinach, collards, kale and other spring greens by freezing, pressure canning or dehydrating them...more


After a flood, think food safety

Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food. Floodwater often contains sewage or animal waste, among other things, that could contaminate foods with harmful organisms...more


Preserving winter squash

Winter squash keeps well for several months in cold storage, but canning and freezing helps us enjoy them any time of year...more


Winter is citrus season

During the winter months, citrus fruit is a refreshing treat when served with a bowl of hot soup. While citrus fruits are typically eaten fresh, they can also be preserved in a variety of ways...more


What if my canned foods freeze?

In the winter months, basements and other food storage areas may get much colder than expected. For best quality, canned foods should be stored at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F in a dark, dry place. However, if the canned foods do freeze accidentally, they may still be safe to use...more


Cooking temperatures for holiday meats

During this holiday season, be assured that the foods you prepare will be safe for your family and friends by cooking your meat to the recommended internal temperatures...more


Safe travels for holiday food gifts

Many people want the gifts they send to be a surprise, but if you’re sending perishable food this holiday season, it’s better to spoil the surprise than risk spoiling the gift...more


Food safety is important – That’s a fact

September is National Food Safety Month so here are a few myths and facts from Fight Bac! Partnership for Food Safety Education about keeping food safe at home...more


Atmospheric steam canning – A new option

For many years, boiling water canning has been the process used to safely can foods high in acid. University of Wisconsin Extension has released another tested process for safely canning high-acid foods: atmospheric steam canning...more


Shop safe at farmers markets

Farmers markets are a great place to buy healthy local produce and other foods, but shoppers should also pay attention to food safety when buying and using foods from farmers markets...more


Preserve jam, jelly and other sweet spreads with reduced sugar

As berries and other fruits ripen, many think about preserving the harvest as a sweet spread. To make it lower in sugar and calories, one might be tempted to leave out the sugar or use sugar substitute, but this is not recommended when preserving them. Instead, try these options to reduce the sugar in sweet spreads...more


Choose a pressure canner to safely preserve

With each year’s growing season, there seems to be another round of “new and improved” kitchen gadgets to make preserving the harvest easier and better. Some can be a great help; others, like the electric multi-cooker appliances, may not result in the safe canned product one might be expecting...more


Freezing – A quick solution

If you have room in the freezer, freezing produce is a quick solution to beat the conundrums that can come up during a great growing season. Here is more information on when freezing works and how to freeze fruits and vegetables...more


Preserving saves garden bounty for a cold winter night

There’s nothing like a summer meal with vegetables fresh from the garden. But when your garden starts producing more food than you can eat, save the food so it can be enjoyed later, on a cold winter night. To assure the foods are at optimal quality, they should be canned, frozen or dried...more


Keeping hands clean for summer eating

Its summer and you’re busy with picnics, camping and outside fun. If hand washing is not possible (no running water, soap, etc.), what is the next best option for cleaning hands before eating or handling food?...more


Can your “Choice Salsa” safely

In the past, there was not an option for using your own salsa recipe & canning it safely. Now there is a tested, generic recipe that allows for creativity without giving up safety. The National Center for Home Food Preservation has released their guidance on preparing and canning what they call “Choice Salsa”...more


Keep food safety in mind when tailgating

Tailgating season is underway, and as football fans flock to games with their grills and favorite tailgating foods, they must keep in mind several food safety measures to keep from getting sick...more


Pressure canning FAQ’s and expert advice

Gauges on pressure canners should be tested annually for accuracy. Here are answers to many other frequently asked questions about pressure canning, as well as information on how to contact an expert...more


Storing canned foods

Many people have questions about the storage of canned goods and since February is Canned Food Month, now is a good time to address some of the most common questions...more


Making jerky from venison

Deer-hunting season is in full swing. Making jerky is a popular way to preserve venison. Here are some tips on doing it safely, including specifications for ground meat...more


Be well-informed when hunting and preparing mushrooms

It's the season for hunting mushrooms, but it is important to be 100% sure that the mushrooms you find are safe to eat. A licensed or certified inspector must attest to their safety before selling them...more


Home food preservation

Home food preservation is making a comeback in a big way. While the process can take quite a bit of time, the end result is well worth the work...more


Keep kitchen clean for a healthier holiday

Many people gather in the kitchen to share holiday cheer. Keeping the kitchen clean during the holidays and throughout the year can make it a healthier place to congregate...more


Keep food safe for tailgating

One of the great things about football season is the tailgating! To keep tailgating fun and safe, it’s important to keep your food safe...more


Safe meat-cooking temperatures changed

In May 2011 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new recommendations that include fewer numbers to remember when cooking meats safely...more


Problem solver for home-canned foods

It’s time for the canner to come out of winter storage. Here are some reasons why your food from last year may not have come out as expected and some tips for ensuring perfection this summer...more


Tips for safe summer grilling

During the summer, many people enjoy cookouts with family and friends as a way to celebrate special occasions or unwind from a stressful week. Follow these guidelines for safe grilling...more


Don’t let unwanted guests spoil your summer fun

As summer temperatures rise, so does the risk for foodborne illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 76 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses and 5,000 die each year in the U.S...more


Irradiation of food helps make it safe

Although only a small amount of food in the U.S. is irradiated, it is an important method to consider when discussing food safety...more


Properly thawing food helps decrease illnesses

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever are all symptoms of foodborne illness, which people can get from eating food that has not been properly thawed...more


Use food thermometers to make sure food is safe

Food thermometers are important when cooking at home because they take the guess work out of telling whether or not a food is safe to eat...more


Holiday food safety tips

You may have cherished memories of holiday meals with friends and family. If you’re preparing a memorable holiday meal of your own, make food safety a priority so guests don’t remember it for all the wrong reasons...more


Food safety thrives when you focus on five

September is National Food Safety Education Month, an annual observance to focus attention on the importance of safe food handling and preparation. Although this topic is highlighted in September, the information and tips in this article are important year-round...more


Keeping food safe, washing hands key to reducing foodborne illnesses

Everyone is at risk for foodborne illness or food poisoning when large amounts of bacteria multiply and make it into our bodies. That means it is our job is to keep bacteria from multiplying...more


Preserve home-canned salsa safely

Don’t want to throw out extra tomatoes? Making salsa is a great way to preserve them! But it is important to follow the guidelines for keeping your home-canned salsa safe...more


Making fruit leather

A great way to preserve extra fruit or fruit with bumps, bruises or knots is to make fruit leather...more


Pack a perfect pickle

Pickling is a different way to enjoy cucumbers and is often an easy process, but there are some important things to know to assure pickles are safe to eat...more


Drying produce

With food prices on the rise, many people are becoming more interested in growing and preserving their own food. More and more are canning and freezing, while others are discovering, or rediscovering, the science of drying foods...more


Preserving fruit salsas

Tomato-based salsas have been popular for several years for food preservers, but there is a new twist on this favorite - fruit salsas. So how do you can a safe, great tasting fruit salsa at home?...more


Many ways to preserve garden green beans

There are many ways you can preserve green beans so you are eating your garden’s bounty all winter long. Most people can or freeze their extra green beans, but you could also pickle or dry them...more


Get the best results when freezing your produce

For people who want to preserve their garden vegetables and eat them another time, freezing is a viable option...more


Steps to prevent foodborne illness when eating fresh produce

Fresh fruits and vegetables can sometimes become contaminated with harmful bacteria, so it’s important to handle fresh produce safely to reduce the risk of getting food poisoning...more


Safely preserve your home-grown tomatoes

If you’re lucky enough to have delicious fresh tomatoes from your garden then you know that flavor is worth preserving. There are several things to consider when thinking about preserving your tomatoes safely...more


Tips for safe grilling

Barbequing outside can be a great way to prepare a healthy meal while keeping the heat out of the kitchen. Here are some tips to address the most common concerns in grilling safety...more


Prevent botulism from home-canned foods

Many microorganisms are difficult to get rid of, including clostridium botulinum — the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulism is rare but can be fatal. Home-processed foods are often the culprit of foodborne botulism...more


Food safety is especially important for seniors

Senior citizens need to know they are at increased risk for contracting a foodborne illness. The good news is they can decrease their risk by avoiding some foods and taking steps to keep other foods safe...more


Serve perfect and safe boiled eggs

To assure you have the best quality from store to table, it is important to know how to purchase, prepare and store your eggs...more


Spring cleaning – in the freezer

While spring seems to be playing hide and seek with us this year, perhaps this is a good time for spring cleaning, in the freezer that is...more


How to handle the pistachio recall

Here are some key things to do and places to visit on the Web for the most current information about the recent pistachio recall...more


How to handle the salmonella peanut outbreak

As the salmonella peanut outbreak continues to unfold, here are some key things to do and places to visit on the Web for the most current information...more


Is the Salad Bar Safe? Produce Concerns Linger after Summer Scares

September is national food safety education month and many people afraid to eat tomatoes this summer, but there is only so much that can be done to assure produce is safe to eat...more


Keeping school lunches safe

Whether you pack a lunch for your scholar or for yourself, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans gives basic food safety tips...more


Home canning questions — answered

Tammy Roberts, a nutrition specialist with University of Missouri Extension, has answers to the following questions about home food preservation and canning...more


Can eating grilled meats cause a cancer risk?

Summer is a time when everyone moves outdoors for as many activities as possible, including grilling out. It’s hard to beat the flavor of a hot grilled hamburger, but does eating it put you at risk for cancer?...more


Ingredients for safe feasts

Parties and gatherings are great places to share recipes and this one goes well with your health: food safety...more


Food safety after a power outage

Once the electricity goes off, a full freezer will hold temperatures for 48 hours. A half-full freezer will hold a freezing temperature for 24 hours. It is important to only open the freezer door when absolutely necessary...more


Food Dating Helps Assure Quality

You can’t see the food inside many packages you buy at the grocery store making it hard to know if the food is fresh...more


Venison is a Healthy Choice but Should be Handled with Care

Venison is a great source of protein that has significantly less fat than beef and pork. As with all protein-based foods, it is especially important to handle venison with care to prevent foodborne illness in the people who consume it...more


First-of-its-Kind Grant Given To Develop Food Safety Training for Hispanic Employees in Food Service

University of Missouri researchers have been awarded a first-of-its-kind grant to design and produce a food safety training program specifically for the nation’s Hispanic employees in the food service industry...more


Issues with canning on ceramic or glass stovetops

A common question about canning foods is this: “Is it OK to can on my ceramic or glass stovetop?” Here are some of the issues and recommendations...more


What is E.coli?

Escherichia coli or E. coli is a bacterium that has been in the news a lot for the foodborne illness that it has caused. More recently we have heard on the news that E. coli has been found at levels that are too high in some of our lakes, rivers and streams. It’s easy to wonder if it is the same E. coli and what the difference is if it is in our streams versus in our food. Bottom line is that both can cause illness if ingested...more


Keep your refrigerator at the right temperature for food safety

During the summer months, food safety experts spend a significant amount of time warning people about the dangers of leaving food at room temperature and the importance of keeping food cold at outdoor picnics. One thing sometimes overlooked is the importance of assuring the refrigerator is at the proper temperature to assure food safety...more


For Quality and Safety, Store Foods Properly

Storing foods properly has an impact on the eventual safety and quality of that food. It is important to know how to store foods properly so you can prevent foodborne illness in your household as well as get the best value for your money...more


Keep Foods Safe For Summer Picnics

Keeping food safe to eat is always a top priority but summer is a good time to take inventory of your food safety habits. Summer picnics and other outdoor events where food is served can be fertile breeding ground for foodborne illness...more


Get ready for home canning season

When you plant your garden, it’s so easy to imagine all of the great tasting, healthy food that will come from those tiny seeds and plants. Spring is a great time to make sure your canning gear is ready for production when your garden starts producing more than you can eat...more


Test pressure canner gauges and prepare for home canning

Spring is here, which means it is time to get canning supplies and equipment, such as the dial gauge of your pressure canner, checked and ready to use. It's also a good time to brush up on safe canning techniques..more


Packing Perfect Pickles

It can be very rewarding to serve your family and guests your very own homemade pickles. Whether you are a novice or experienced pickle maker there are things to keep in mind when making your pickled products...more


Deer hunters should keep food safety in their sights

Hunters who train their sights on a few simple food safety steps will end up with a freezer full of venison instead of a breeding ground for food-borne illnesses...more


Put food safety first in home canning

Don’t believe everything you hear when it comes to home canning. Two unproven methods -- oven and dishwasher canning – are getting attention, but neither are safe, according to a University of Missouri Extension expert...more


Shopping for Safe Food

Make shopping for food your last stop before going home. Perishable foods spoil if they are left out for more than two hours. If it is over 90 degrees, or if groceries sit in a hot car, food will begin to spoil much sooner...more


Storing Food Safely

Store food as soon as you get home form grocery shopping. Refrigerate or freeze perishable foods like meat, poultry or fish right away to keep it fresh. If you will not use perishable foods within several days, freeze it...more


Germs and Food Poisoning

Germs grow best in foods containing meat, fish, poultry, egg or milk. These are called perishable foods because they spoil easily. Germs grow very fast at room temperature. You can get food poisoning if you eat perishable foods that have been at room temperature for more than two hours....more


The Kitchen, Germs and You

Germs that spoil food and give us food poisoning can grow in our kitchen. A clean kitchen is not a good place for germs to live and grow. To start your attack against germs, use lots of hot, soapy water...more


"Debugging" Your Home

Mice, rats, flies, ants, roaches and several types of beetles and moths are pests that come into our homes and make our food unsafe. They walk on food and on areas where we cook and eat our food. Their droppings get into food and can cause food poisoning...more


How to Recognize Safe Food

Safe home canning methods will protect you and your family from illness. Here are some suggestions...more


Thawing and Cooking Foods Safely

When thawing foods for cooking, remember it isn't safe to leave perishable foods, like meat, fish, poultry, dairy products and eggs, out of the refrigerator more than two hours. The germs that cause food poisoning grow very fast at room temperature...more


Taking Care of Leftovers

Leftover perishable foods like meat, fish, poultry, and foods containing eggs or dairy products, should be cooked quickly in the refrigerator or freezer. Don't worry, modern refrigerators and freezers were made to cool hot food...more


Safe Sandwiches To Go

On the weekend, make up several kinds of sandwiches, wrap and freeze them...more


Safe Microwave Cooking

Tips for using your microwave safely...more


Blanch Vegetables Before Freezing

Every fresh sweet corn season I hear people telling others how to freeze their corn by just putting in the freezer-and it tastes fresh. Well…here’s the rest of the story...more


Making safe homemade ice cream

At one time, uncooked eggs were used to make ice cream, but now we know in order to reduce the risk of salmonella infection, a custard-based recipe, an eggless recipe or a recipe using an egg substitute should be used...more


Kitchen Crazies Lead to Risky Business

Hurried or rushed cooks, even impatient cooks, can create a crazy kitchen and be welcoming uninvited guests! The uninvited guests I’m referring to are those associated with food borne illness - flu like symptoms can begin within a few hours or a few days and last a few hours or several days...more


The life of leftovers

Some people define leftovers as “planned-overs” — cooking with the idea to have another meal from the effort. To others, leftovers are containers of stuff that get shoved to the back of the refrigerator. The big question is how long do leftovers last?...more


Holiday food safety strategies

During the holiday season many people work overtime in the kitchen. No one wants to spoil a holiday celebration with foodborne illness. Keep your family and friends safe with the following food safety strategies...more

Don't Invite BAC to Your Home for the Holidays!

When celebrating the holidays, be sure to keep an eye out for an uninvited guest - BAC, as in bacteria that can cause foodborne illness...more

Eggnog - A Potential Holiday Hazard

As we celebrate the holiday season, don't let the eggnog spoil letting you celebrate with great company! The "old-fashioned" eggnog contains raw eggs. The new "traditional" eggnog has cooked eggs to reduce the risk of salmonella food poisoning...more


Holiday food safety for older adults

The holidays are a time where many people are preparing and handling foods for family members or friends. A few simple steps can ensure that everyone enjoys the holidays without symptoms of food borne illness...more


Turkey Talk 101

It’s time to purchase and prepare your Thanksgiving turkey. After reading this article, you’ll be armed with all of the information you need to purchase, thaw and prepare your holiday bird safely...more


Food safety tips for your Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving is a great time to get together for a special dinner, but the last thing you want is any unwelcome visitors, such as Salmonella, a kind of bacteria that can cause foodborne sickness...more


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