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Dr. Barbara Ingham’s Blog

Dr. Ingham is a Food Science Professor, Extension Food Safety Specialist at the University of Wisconsin. You can email Dr. Ingham at bhingham@wisc.edu or check out her web site at: www.foodsafety.wisc.edu

  • Safe Preserving: Apples, the best of the fall harvest October 7, 2015
    With the bounty of Wisconsin’s harvest all around us, it’s a great time of year to think of preserving the sweetness and tang of apples for enjoyment all year round. Fall weather brings the best fresh apples in bushels. Apples can be dried, made into applesauce or apple butter, or made into jelly. Apple pie […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Safe & Healthy: Cucumbers contaminated with Salmonella September 9, 2015
    There is a national recall of cucumbers on-going due to Salmonella contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Food and Drug Administration and several states, is investigating an outbreak of illness from Salmonella Poona linked to contaminated cucumbers. A total of 285 cases of illness have been reported in 27 states; […] […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Safe & Healthy: Listeria in frozen vegetables September 8, 2015
    There have been two national recalls recently of commercially frozen vegetables due to potential contamination with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. On August 26, 2015, General Mills recalled 60,000 packages of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The 10-ounce bag […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Safe Preserving: Eating and Preserving Tomatoes Affected by Late Blight September 4, 2015
    Late blight has hit parts of Wisconsin hard again this year. The home gardener can be worried because it’s a disease that affects tomatoes and potatoes just at the peak of harvest, and some may be wondering whether ripening tomatoes or freshly harvested potatoes are safe for eating or preserving. Late blight is a common […]
    Barb Ingham
  • Safe Preserving: What to do when a trip to NYC is cancelled? August 18, 2015
    What is any self-respecting person to do when a weekend trip to New York City with her twin sister and daughter is suddenly cancelled?…Why canning beets, of course!  My daughter and I were scheduled to spend a weekend in NYC with my twin sister, sightseeing and shopping prior to the start of the fall semester.  […]
    Barb Ingham



Educators Cry ‘Fowl’ Over Turkey Safety Mistakes
When you think “Thanksgiving”, what comes to mind? Turkey! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one-sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. With that many turkeys, there’s bound to be a few fiascos on the festive day. Click here for more information.
Pickle Bill Eases Regulation on Small Growers & Home Canners
The new law would allow individuals to sell home canned fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and other community events without obtaining an expensive food processing license. To learn more on what Assembly Bill 229 referred to as the ‘Pickle Bill’ covers please visit the website below: http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu/assets/pdf_Files/PickleBill_Sept12.pdf
Is the Changing Economy Affecting Your Budget?
With the ever changing economy, take advantage of the following resources to help you save money and make the upcoming winter a little more manageable with information on: When Prices Rise: Living Within Your Income, Tips to Help Lower the Grocery Bill and Tips for Getting Better Gas Mileage.
FREE Canner Gauge Testing Available
This is the season for canning fruits and vegetables. Dial gauges should be tested every year to make sure they are accurate and at the right pound of pressure. The Shawano County UW-Extension office, 311 North Main Street, Rm 101, Shawano will test dial gauges at no charge anytime of the year. To make an appointment, call (715) 526-6136 to set up a time to have your canner cover tested. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Food Storage Information
Do you ever wonder how long you can store canned foods, frozen foods, baking products, and other food items? The following web site should help you answer some of these questions: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn579.pdf
New Guide to Alzheimer’s Caregiving from the National Institutes of Health
NIH has come out with an excellent, simple, easy to ready guide for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. It is also comprehensive, from dealing with financial issues through wandering and medical conditions in its 140+ pages.  http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers
Food Safety Tips for Seniors – What to Keep, What to Toss
A lot has changed over your lifetime – including the way food is produced and distributed. It used to be that food was produced close to where people lived. Many people shopped daily, and prepared and ate their food at home. Eating in restaurants was saved for special occasions. Today, food in your local grocery store comes from all over the world. And nearly 50 percent of the money we spend on food goes to buy food that others prepare, like “carry out” and restaurant meals.
Food safety Tips for Seniors (pdf, 277KB)

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If you have any questions regarding Family Living in Shawano County, please contact:

 Nancy Schultz Nancy Schultz, Family Living Educator
UW-Extension Shawano County
Shawano County Courthouse
311 North Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715-526-6136 * Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: nancy.schultz@ces.uwex.edu
 Kara Skarlupka Kara Skarlupka, Office Assistant
UW-Extension Shawano County
Shawano County Courthouse
311 North Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715-526-6136 * Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: kara.skarlupka@co.shawano.wi.us
 
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