Archive for the ‘Food Safety’ Category

UMaine Extension hosts Preserving by the Pint author

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
"Marisa McCLellan"

Photo Courtesy of Marisa McCLellan.



McClellan to demonstrate how to extend farmers’ market fare.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host cookbook author Marisa McClellan 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. McClellan, who penned Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces, will demonstrate urban canning and preserving techniques.

“Teaching city dwellers and home cooks how to extend the life of their farmers’ market purchases throughout the year is my passion,” says McClellan, who learned to can local blueberries, blackberries, and apples from her mother. In addition to canning basics, the book contains seasonal recipes. Spring includes Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup and summer showcases Honey-Sweetened Apricot-Lavender Butter. Fall has Chunky Pear Preserves with Sage and winter wraps up with Quince Slices in Chai Tea Syrup.

Cost is $15 per person. To register online, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/meet-marisa-mcclellan/.To request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine).

UMaine Extension Offers Harvest Preservation Workshop

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
canned piclesUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest workshop will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Little Ridge Farm, 101 Gould Road, Lisbon Falls 04252.

UMaine Extension staff members will lead the workshop, which will include hands-on, USDA-recommended hot water bath canning and freezing food preservation methods. Learn to preserve pickles, jam, vegetables, and fruits, as well as rhubarb orange chutney. Home food preservation allows for year-round consumption of locally grown foods and enables preservers to control additives, including sugar and sodium.

Fresh produce, canning jars, and other canning equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a potholder. Cost is $15 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register by June 10 at umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops/. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).

Bolton Talks to WVII about Fiddlehead Food Safety

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Jason Bolton, assistant Extension professor and statewide food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) about guidelines to follow before eating fiddleheads. Bolton warned fiddleheads should never be consumed raw, and should be fully cleaned and cooked by steaming or boiling for about 12 to 15 minutes. “We do hear a lot about people just sauteing them, microwaving them at restaurants or even at home, and the food-borne illness resulting from that,” Bolton said, “adding that typical food-borne illness symptoms, such as vomiting, come on fast and last for about a day.”

Become a Community Resource For Food Preservation, Safety

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Preparing for canningUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-session Master Food Preserver training program starting June 19 and ending Sept. 25.

Lectures, discussions and hands-on kitchen lab education will be conducted 10 Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham, and at the UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

A Master Food Preserver is a UMaine Extension volunteer who has successfully completed the practical, research-based program on food safety and preservation. Volunteers agree to give back 20 hours of time for community-based projects within a year. Projects could include hands-on food preservation workshops, staffing educational displays and demonstrations and providing information at farmers’ markets, county fairs, and other food-related events.

May 2 is the deadline to apply. Fees are on a sliding scale, from $125 to $330, based on household income. For more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine). Or, for additional information, contact Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, 207.781.6099, ksavoie@maine.edu

Online applications will be available March 31 at http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/master-food-preservers/.

Cooking for Crowds Workshop

Monday, August 12th, 2013

August 15th, 2013, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Register online

UMaine Cooperative Extension Piscataquis County Office
165 East Main St. Dover-Foxcroft, ME
E-mail Amanda Miles at amanda.miles@maine.edu or call 207.564.3301 or 1.800.287.1491 (in Maine) to register

Food Safety Training for Volunteers

Extension expert demonstrates cooking for crowds; photo by Edwin RemsbergMany organizations and community groups rely on volunteers like you for a variety of food events for fundraising, fellowship, food pantries or other service to the community. But cooking for a crowd is tricky! How do you store all that food? When is the food completely cooked? How long can you leave food on the buffet table? Now there is a workshop on Safe Food Handling designed specifically for Volunteers.

This class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements.

Why attend?

There’s a lot to learn about safe food preparation and handling. If you don’t do it for a living, you may not be aware of all the special techniques involved in cooking for a large group of people.

It is scary to think about people getting sick from your meal, but it can happen. More than three quarters of the outbreaks are blamed on food eaten outside the home.

While food-borne illness can be as mild as stomach ache, it can be much more serious and sometimes fatal.

Unsafe food can “spoil” your group’s reputation — and its finances. Don’t take a chance. Sign up for the for the “Cooking for Crowds” workshop. Learn to protect yourself and the people you feed.

What you will learn

Learn up-to-date methods for safely preparing, handling and serving food for large group functions such as soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers.

Workshops cover the following food safety guidelines:

  • Planning and Purchasing
  • Storing Food Supplies
  • Preparing Food
  • Transporting, Storing and Serving Cooked Foods
  • Handling Leftovers

Materials fee: $15.00/per person. Scholarships are available.

Participants receive

  • Cooking for Crowds – A manual specifically designed for volunteer cooks;
  • Certificate of Attendance;
  • Posters; and
  • Instant Read Thermometer.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Amanda Miles at 207.564.3301 or 1.800.287.1491 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.