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Welcome Our New 4-H Program Coordinator ~ Dana Berger!

  Dana brings several years of experience managing diverse staff and volunteers in her previous positions with FISC and the Community Music and Arts Collaborative. She has fond childhood memories of 4-H, and is excited to bring her strong leadership and program management skills to the position. Please feel to stop by the UW-Extension Office […]

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Keep Black Friday for Shopping by Handling Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely

No one wants to have to have holiday time with family and friends overshadowed by a foodborne illness, especially after the Thanksgiving day feast.  There are some easy steps to keeping the ‘happy’ in holidays: Keep food out of the Danger Zone: Bacteria grow rapidly between the temperatures of 40°F and 140°F.  That is what […]

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You’ve got the right stuff(ing)! Tips to handle stuffing with care.

Stuffing is a big favorite around the Thanksgiving holiday. Regionally in the U.S., it’s called by various names: stuffing, filling, or dressing.  The ingredients used in stuffing are often regional as well.  Usually based on a bread mixture, other ingredients such as grains, pasta, fruits, vegetables, shellfish, sausage, giblets, and nuts are also used.  Stuffing […]

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Cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey: Oven, Deep-Fryer, Frozen

Family and friends will gather soon for Thanksgiving Day.  While most people will sit down to a roasted turkey, there are also options for deep-frying a turkey and, for those running behind, you can place a still-frozen turkey in the oven and still end up with a meal that your family and friends will enjoy.  […]

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Safe Thawing Instructions for the Thanksgiving Turkey

Many families purchase a frozen Thanksgiving turkey, and getting the turkey to the table involves “The Big Thaw.”  Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during “the big thaw.”  While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely.  However, as soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria present before freezing can begin to grow again.  Turkey must […]

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Fresh or Frozen: Purchasing a Thanksgiving Turkey

Fresh? Frozen? Organic? Natural? Hen or Tom?  There are plenty of decisions to make when purchasing your Thanksgiving turkey.  Turkeys to be sold fresh are quick-chilled to 40°F or lower at the processing facility, but must not go below a temperature of 26°F.  You may think that turkeys chilled to this temperature would be ‘frozen’, but they aren’t.  […]

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Plan Ahead to Avoid Thanksgiving Panic

Over the next week, we’ll consider the steps in getting a Thanksgiving meal successfully (and safely) on the table.  Our first topic: Plan ahead to avoid Thanksgiving panic. The Thanksgiving holiday focuses on bringing family and friends together over a shared meal.  Planning ahead will help ensure an enjoyable holiday.  Tips for starting the planning process: […]

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UW-Extension: Free Credit Freezes Now Available Through Credit Bureaus

Due to a change in law earlier this year, consumers in Wisconsin and across the United States are now able to place free credit freezes on their credit reports from the three major consumer reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. A credit freeze, also called a security freeze, is one of the strongest steps you […]

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