New Dates for 4-H Camp Counselor Training – March 10-11, 2018

Mark your Calendars for Upham Woods’ Camp Counselor Training in 2018! March 10-11, 2018 – PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES! 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 […]

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Is Refined Coconut Oil a Healthy Choice?

There’s been almost an explosion of products available in the grocery store containing coconut oil and other coconut by-products.  Is coconut oil a healthy choice?  Coconut oil is a plant-based fat that is about 90% saturated, higher than butter or the fat associated with meats, and much higher than other plant-based fats such as olive oil […]

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Winnebago County 4-H Leaders’ Association All-County Meeting

Winnebago County 4-H Leaders’ Association All-County Meeting When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7pm-9pm Where: James P Coughlin Center 625 E County Rd Y, Oshkosh Who: Open to all 4-H members, families and leaders. Youth and Adult leaders who are enrolled in 4HOnline are able to vote on decisions being made. Come to the January All-County […]

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Instant Pot is Not Safe for Canning

As a reminder, in early November 2017, and article was posted about electric multi-cookers, the most popular of which is the Instant Pot.  I was at several holiday parties where individuals had received this appliance as a holiday gift.  Are these electric multi-cookers safe for canning?  Unfortunately, the answer is ‘No.’  These units have not been tested to ensure that they may produce […]

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Expanded Recall: Ice Cream Bars and Biscuits (Frozen, Bagged)

Risk of illness is back in the news with an expanded, nationwide recall of ice cream bars and another recall of frozen buttermilk biscuits.  In addition to a recall announced earlier this week of 12-count containers of orange cream bars, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of all chocolate coated vanilla ice cream […]

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Orange Cream Bar Recall due to Listeria

Orange Cream bars sold under the Meijer/Purple Cow label are being recalled due to the possibility of product contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream bars are being recalled in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  Tops brand Orange Cream bars sold in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont are under the same recall.  The Product was manufactured […]

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Food Safety Before, During, and After a Power Outage

The weather has caused power outages across the United States already this year.  There are certain things that you can do to before, during, and after a power outage to help keep your family food-safe. Prepare Yourself Before Power Emergencies Make sure you have appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer.  Check to ensure that the freezer temperature is at or below 0° F, and […]

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What Does “Organic” Really Mean?

I am old enough that I heard the term “organic” defined in chemistry class long before the term was widely applied to food products.  So, what does it mean when a food product is “organic?”  A recent post by the American Council for Science and Health attempts to address some of the confusion. “Organic” may be one […]

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Advice to Avoid Romaine Lettuce, for Now

At the start of the new year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(Atlanta,GA) and the federal Food and Drug Administration announced an investigation into toxic E. coli infections in the U.S.  Since November, 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from a dangerous strain of E. coli (E. coliO157:H7) that may be from eating romaine lettuce.  In the U.S., infections […]

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Don’t Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday

A recent post by NutritionAction.com nicely summarizes tips to survive the holiday while avoiding a foodborne illness from seasonal treats. Cookie dough.  In one 2016 outbreak, 56 people—aged 1 to 95—were diagnosed with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections, which can cause bloody diarrhea and may lead to kidney failure.  A quarter of affected individuals had to be hospitalized.  While we know […]

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