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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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Safe Substitutions when Canning

The safety of the food that you preserve for your family and friends is important!  The University of Wisconsin-Extension supports using up-to-date, research-tested recipes so that you know that the food that you preserve is both safe and high in quality.  Here are a few quick tips on changes and substitutions that are acceptable when using […]

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4-H National Youth Science Day

Join us for a late celebration of the 2017 National Youth Science Day on Thursday, December 14, 6:00-7:30pm at the JPCC. This year’s theme is Incredible Wearables. Our challenge will be to use the engineering design process to build a prototype wearable technology that will gather data to help solve a real-world problem. The challenge is […]

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NEW! 4-H Leadership Opportunity in Washington D.C.

4-H LEADERSHIP WASHINGTON FOCUS TRIP Available to All 4-H Youth in Grades 6-8  For more than 50 years, thousands of 4 H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and we are happy to offer its sister program for middle school 4 H’ers, Leadership Washington Focus. The program takes place at our national 4-H conference center, […]

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Experience Government in Action the 4-H Way!

Citizenship Washington Focus, or CWF for short, is the premier week long 4-H citizenship and leadership experience. CWF brings 4-H delegations from all over the country to stay in the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, right outside our Nation’s Capital! Participants learn about the roles of Senators and Representatives in the United […]

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4-H Camp Counselor Training – April 21-22, 2018

Mark your Calendars for Upham Woods’ Camp Counselor Training in 2018! April 21-22, 2018 Camp Counselor training is an excellent opportunity for counselors, adult volunteers, and 4-H staff alike to come together to prepare youth to excel in their summer camp counselor role. This weekend is offered to both beginning and experienced counselors, adult volunteers, […]

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