Steps for safely canning venison to line your pantry shelves and tips for holiday gift-giving are just two of the topics in a series of UW-Extension webinars focused on food safety and food preservation.
“Late fall into spring often provides opportunities for families to get together,” says Barbara Ingham, University of Wisconsin-Extension food safety specialist. “Just be sure to include food safety in all your home preserving and holiday celebrations.”
Each one-hour program offers a chance to listen, learn and ask questions of experts in the field. Check your UW-Extension county office for details. Contact information is available at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/.
All of the programs will be archived and available for listening at http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu
October 8: Preserving Meat–Fall is a good time to focus on preserving the abundance of pasture and field. The program covers canning meat and wild game, and making safe jerky.
November 5: Food Safety & the Thanksgiving Meal–Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather together. Join us for the latest food safety guidelines and tips for a successful meal.
December 10: Keep Food Safety in Mind at Holidays–Whether you are hosting a party or sharing food-gifts with family and friends, there are some important food safety guidelines to keep in mind.
February 11: Chocolate!–What better time to focus on chocolate and other sweets than Valentine’s Day! How is chocolate made and why is it said to be a “healthy” food?
March 4: Springtime is Food Safety Time–Spring holidays are a time for family and friends, but don’t forget food safety. Join us for a look at all that is new in food safety.
April 8: Planning for a Successful Gardening Year–Often a bountiful harvest is linked to planting the right crops, at the right time. Learn what varieties work well in Wisconsin and tips for a successful gardening year. Mike Maddox, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
May 6: Tips for a Successful Year of Food Preservation–Be sure you have the right equipment and most up-to-date information prior to the start of the food preservation season. Information on steam canning should be ready for this program!
“Food safety is, and should be, a primary concern when preserving food at home or preparing food for family celebrations. UW-Extension sets itself apart in providing research-based information,” said Ingham.
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