Food Safety

Thanksgiving Planning Tips

— By Debbie Barnett, EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties – University of Maine Cooperative Extension If you are like me, the thought of having guests over for Thanksgiving, or any big occasion, can be stressful and time consuming. Questions like, How many people will be coming? How will I decorate? And […]

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Knife with Chopped Garlic on Cutting Board

Cutting Board Safety

— By Danielle Breunig, University of Maine Dietetic Intern  Cutting Boards and Food Safety As fall rolls around that means the holidays are just around the corner, and there may be plenty of food to start thinking about prepping. Holiday cooking can get chaotic and messy. In my house, there are a bunch of different foods […]

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Safe Cider Know-How

— By Danielle Breunig, University of Maine Dietetic Intern  Make Safe Cider at Home Fresh unpasteurized cider can cause foodborne illness outbreaks due to contamination of foodborne pathogens. Certain age groups such as children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses. Precautions can be taken to prevent the risk […]

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Healthy Camping & Hiking Tips

— By Alex Bosse, Nutrition Education Professional, Expanded Food Nutrition and Education Program (EFNEP) Youth Curriculum Coordinator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties As a relatively new resident of Maine, I’m always finding ways to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty the state has to offer. Whether it is camping, backpacking, […]

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Seven burgers on a grill

Let’s Get Grilling!

The propane tank is full and it seems like the weather is cooperating for the return to grilling season at my house. Many of us enjoy cookouts and backyard barbecues during the spring and summer months. Unfortunately, barbeque season brings an increase in foodborne illness. Follow these guidelines to avoid foodborne illness when grilling: Whether […]

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Tips for Cooking With Electric Pressure Cookers

Often known by the brand name (Instant Pot being a popular one), electric pressure cookers are beloved by home cooks for their ability to cook food quickly through a combination of high pressure and heat. I’ve made beef stew, hard boiled eggs, pulled pork, butternut squash, and even yogurt in a fraction of the time […]

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Overhead view of strips of chopped vegetables on a board with a small dish of hummus and crackers

Super Bowl Food Safety

Blow the whistle to keep food safe! On February 13, my family will join millions of other Americans who watch Super Bowl LVI and feast on hot and cold snacks throughout the four-hour event. None of us are big football fans but we do like to be a part of this uniquely American entertainment tradition. […]

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