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Simple food safety tips for packing school lunches

  Keep food safety in mind as you prepare your child’s school lunch, says Kathy Hetzel, UW-Extension Family Living Educator. Hetzel has some recommendations for packing a safe lunch. –Make sure your hands, food preparation surfaces and utensils are clean. Use hot, soapy water to help remove bacteria. Keep family pets away from food preparation […]


Apples, the Best of the Fall Harvest

Safe and Healthy: Preserving Food at Home has a new post, Apples, the Best of the Fall Harvest that UW-Extension Family Living Educator, Kathy Hetzel suggests for fall food preservation: With the bounty of Wisconsin’s harvest all around us, it’s a great time of year to think of preserving the sweetness and tang of apples for enjoyment […]


Check Your Free Credit Report for Errors

Janesville, Wis.—Complaints about credit reports are up 45 percent nationally in the past year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In Wisconsin, credit reporting complaints have more than doubled in the past three months. What’s behind all of these complaints? The most common complaints made by consumers involve incorrect information in their reports. […]


Eating and Preserving Tomatoes Affected by Late Blight

‘Safe Preserving: Eating and Preserving Tomatoes Affected by Late Blight’ Late blight has hit parts of Wisconsin hard again this year. The home gardener can be worried becauseit’s a disease that affects tomatoes and potatoes just at the peak of harvest, and some may be wondering whether ripening tomatoes or freshly harvested potatoes are safe for […]