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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

 

Stay (food) safe this holiday season

During the holidays, while you’re enjoying many tasty dishes, it’s important to remember food safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 76 million people get sick from foodborne illness each year...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

 

Put a lid on canning problems

There’s more to canning than putting a lid on a jar and getting it to seal, but if it doesn’t seal, it is a problem! Understanding canning lids can help prevent some problems...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

 

Don't Pack Bugs in your Picnic Basket

Before fixing a picnic, be sure to prepare, store and pack food safely. Otherwise, the most dangerous bugs at your picnic may be the bacteria that you can't see...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 Picnics and Lunches

What 's the best choice for a sandwich if you can't keep it cold until lunch time? What's the safest pie to take to potluck dinner? What's the safest way to prepare hamburgers for your picnic?...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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