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What You Need to Know about Mechanically Tenderized Beef

Mechanically Tenderized Beef is a tenderizing process to break up muscle fibers.  It can take place in a factory, restaurant, or home. MTB may transfer pathogens on the outside of the meat to the inside, posing a potential food safety risk. Know the facts. COOK to 145° F with 3 minutes stand time!


Preserving Food at Home

Are you interested in learning more about canning or freezing fresh produce from your garden?  Attend a Food Preservation Q&A Session presented by a UW-Extension Master Food Preserver – Annette Landvatter at the West Bend Community Memorial Library.  Research based materials will be highlighted when answering your questions.  Resources will be available to help you […]

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Check Your Free Credit Report on June 6th

Federal law gives everyone the right to a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus every 12 months. UW-Extension makes it easy for consumers to review their reports through its “Check Your Free Credit Report” campaign. The website lets you sign up for reminders to check your free credit reports and […]


nEXT Generation for UW-Extension

The nEXT Generation is a framework to address the UW-Extension (Cooperative Extension) $3.6 million share of state cuts to the University of Wisconsin System. The overall goal: Establish a model that is fiscally sustainable and makes Cooperative Extension more relevant, flexible, and digital—positioned to serve further generations of Wisconsin residents. Over the past century, UW-Extension, […]

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4-H Gateway Academy

The summer program is specifically designed to help middle school students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The 4-H Gateway Academy is taught by certified instructors. They will provide expert instruction in small group settings. During the week, campers will work together in a fun, exciting environment using leading-edge technologies to sample such […]

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2015 Washington County Nonprofits and the Economy Survey

UW-Extension collaborated with UW-Washington County, United Way of Washington County and the Volunteer Center of Washington County to survey  a cross-section of nonprofit organizations in Washington County to determine the financial health, trends and concerns of those organizations.  The results of the 2015 survey found that nonprofits have experienced an increased demand for services while […]


Germs on Our Food: Healthy or Not?

The food that we buy in the grocery store or raise in our gardens isn’t sterile (completely free of microorganisms). It isn’t supposed to be! Microorganisms are part of our natural environment; some are harmful, some may cause disease. Read more on what you need to do to keep your family food-safe. 

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Preserving: Using an Atmospheric Steam Canner

The University of Wisconsin has recently published research which indicates that an Atmospheric Steam Canner may be safely used for canning naturally acidic foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified-foods such as salsa or pickles, as long as all researched recommended criteria are met.  Be sure to follow these research-based guidelines to preserve […]