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Food Safety

It's Grilling Season - Let's Be Safe Out There

I don't know about you, but I am fired up to fire up my grill after the brutal winter we had. Grilling is one of my favorite ways to prepare all types of foods — from the typical burgers, steaks and chicken to fish, vegetables and even fruit. It's a relatively low-fat preparation method, and the high temperatures help bring out delicious flavors (calorie-free) thanks to chemical reactions...

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Making Strawberry Jam

Wonder what goes into making jam? Let's walk through it in this photo post!...

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Gear Up for a Safe and Productive Canning Season

Here in the Midwest, home canning has been a way of life for many since before they could even remember. But home canning has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the past few years, thanks to Americans' increased interest in the local food movement and desire to be economical in the wake of our recession....

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Making the most of your farmers' market visit

Farmers market season is almost upon us, a sure sign that spring is finally here. After a seemingly endless winter, many are ready to get outside and browse the stalls filled with colorful, fresh produce. And if you don't already frequent farmers markets, you might want to consider a trip. But why?...

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"Cooler Corn:" Is it Safe?

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Get Informed to Keep Stomach Bugs at Bay

Stomach woes were rampant this past winter – were you one of the unlucky ones to experience a 24-hour bug or the stomach "flu?" If so, I'm willing to bet you'd do anything to avoid repeating it. As most of us are aware, frequent handwashing is the single most important thing a person can do to minimize the chances of picking up germs. But besides the (probably inevitable) possibility of g...

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Spring Clean Your Fridge for Optimal Food Safety

Spring is just around the corner, which means it's time to get organized. Clear up the dust bunnies under the couch and the cobwebs in the corner, by all means – but don't forget your refrigerator. I doubt anyone would say that foodborne illness is welcome in their home, yet 1 in 6 Americans gets sick with food poisoning each year – and we can't just blame the restaurants. P...

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The ABCs of GMOs

When you hear genetically modified organism (GMO), what is the first thing that pops into your head? For many people, scary, intimidating, and other negative terms come to mind. The topic of GMOs can be confusing and controversial, and the science is often misinterpreted. Let's sort through some of the facts. A GMO –usually a crop plant–has had its DNA (genes) altered in a l...

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When It Comes to Energy Drinks, Buyer Beware

You may want to think twice before downing energy shots like they're water. Energy drinks may seem innocuous enough, but a 14 year old girl from Maryland died from a heart attack earlier this year after consuming two Monster energy drinks within a 24 hour period. In response, Illinois state senator Dick Durbin has asked the Federal Drug Administration to begin regulating energy drinks. Since en...

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Cancer?

Chances are, you've heard that your sweet tooth could lead to major health problems. Artificial sweeteners have a lot of critics; in the past, they have been linked to cancer in animals and are now being shunned by many due to their manmade origins. However, various studies have shown that artificial sweeteners currently on the market exhibit no significant correlation to cancer or other health...

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Grill Safely This Summer

It's hard to believe that summer is almost here. With the longer, warmer days and Memorial Day now behind us, it is clear that the summer grilling season has begun. After a long winter, many of us are ready to celebrate the unofficial start of summer by barbeque-ing with family and friends. As you make plans for the summer grilling, it is important to remember that safe food practices are esse...

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Is Your Diet Road Trip Ready?

I recently took a trip out of town due to a death in the family, which involved a lot of driving and not a lot of downtime. So what's a person to do when it comes to eating? It can be pretty tempting to head to the nearest drive-thru when your stomach starts rumbling. The food is tasty and quick, plus it can add a little bit of interest to a long, monotonous road trip. But when you're trying to...

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