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Holiday Hazard: ‘Canned’ bread a recipe for botulism poisoning

Holiday baking is a staple for many gift givers, but bread makers should take caution: Making bread in canning jars creates a readymade package, but poses life-threatening risks. According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, some bread and cake recipes call for baking in canning jars and then closing with a canning lid. However, these recipes have very little or no acid, providing the perfect habitat for the… Continue Reading

Vegetable soup recalled because of botulism potential

Vegetable soup distributed to retailers and farmers markets in three states is under recall because laboratory tests showed it could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism poisoning. Mary’s Home Canning of Lancaster, PA, produced the vegetable soup, which is sold in glass jars with plain black and white labels that do not include… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak a Somber Reminder About Canning Food Safely

(This article by Martha Filipic, a writer/editor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, was originally posted here on Aug. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) COLUMBUS, OH—It was a church potluck like any other. But within days, botulism killed one Fairfield County woman and hospitalized 24… Continue Reading

Practice Safe Home Canning to Avoid Botulism, CDC Advises

Home canning is a popular activity — but one that must be done safely in order to prevent the growth of dangerous bacteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding the public. “Home canning is a great way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware: if it’s done the wrong way, the vegetables… Continue Reading

Botulism Outbreak in Oregon Sickens Three

Three Oregonians were hospitalized with boutlism after eating at a private barbecue, according to state health officials. The Clostridium botulinum bacteria that infected these individuals is thought to have come from home-canned foods served at the event, held in Deschutes County. All three victims were residents of the county, located in central Oregon. The Deschutes… Continue Reading

Preserving the Art of Canning Safely at Home

In 1943, 20 million households raised Victory Gardens, and all those vegetables weren’t eaten fresh.  Steel was directed to pressure-cooker production instead of munitions, and a massive effort was made to educate people in the skill of canning.  “Department stores ran films and displays on canning, society ladies enrolled in classes on it, home economists… Continue Reading

Making Homemade Baby Food Safe

Many parents are discovering that homemade baby foods can be a nutritious and often more economical alternative to baby foods available in stores. To ensure that the food is safe for your growing infant, follow these simple steps for selecting, preparing, and storing food. Selecting Ingredients Always begin with good quality ingredients. It’s best to… Continue Reading

Take a Note From Granny's PlayBook…

Take a Note From Granny’s PlayBook… …by making those jams and jellies she used to make. …by pickling your cucumbers, peppers and green beans. …by canning fruits and vegetables in sturdy glass jars. …but make sure you update the recipes! Whether your grandmother or grandfather was responsible for storing the summer’s harvest, you may want… Continue Reading