Spring clean your freezer

BETHANY, Mo. – The ground has thawed. You might want to thaw your freezer as well for a yearly spring cleaning.

Keep manual freezers frost-free by defrosting them annually or whenever the frost is 1/4 inch thick or more, advises Janet Hackert, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist.

When you defrost, don’t leave the food out of the freezer for more than two hours, Hackert says.
Unplug the freezer. Put frozen food in insulated coolers or in newspaper-lined cardboard boxes to keep food cold.
Remove frost by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Put a towel in the bottom of the freezer to catch melting ice. Use a plastic spatula or wooden spoon to scrape out ice. Knives and metal spatulas can damage the freezer’s liner.

When the freezer is frost-free, wipe the interior with a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda per quart of water. Sponge clean with water only and dry with a towel or cloth.
Turn the freezer back on and close the door to let it cool. Mark items that have been out of the freezer for first use. Operate the freezer at zero degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Cull items that need to be used soon, Hackert says. Toss or compost items of unknown age for safety and quality concerns.

MU Extension publication MP556, “Storing Food in the Freezer,” lists recommended freezer storage times. The free publication is available at http://extension.missouri.edu/p/MP556.

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

Each year before you use your pressure canner you should have your pressure gauge and seal tested for accuracy or defects.
We will be conducting pressure gauge testing at 3 locations this summer or you can bring it to your local Extension office for testing.

Home Food Preservation Made Easy

3-part series of hands on classes. attend one part or all three; $15/part (all 3:$45)*.
Dekalb County Nutrition Center, 530 E Hwy 6, Maysville*
June 11, 18, 23, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm
Presbyterian Church, 108 W Hampshire St., King City
July 16, 23, 30, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm
TJ Hall Community Center, 104 Main St., Oregon
July 18, 2015, one day, all 3 sessions

*The Maysville class is free of charge. It is sponsored in part by Live Well St.Joe (through Social Innovation for Missouri) and Healthy Partnerships (a partnership of Heartland Health and North Kansas City Hospital).
To register for a Home Food Preservation Made Easy class, contact Janet Hackert at (660) 425-6434 or hackertj@missouri.edu.

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

Take back your life. Anyone with a chronic condition may enroll. A spouse, other family member or friend may accompany you as a registered member of the class.
Eagleville Community Room
Tuesdays; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
May 19 - June 24, 2015
Please Pre-register by May 15.
For more information,
Contact: Janet Hackert,
Harrison County Extension Center (660) 425-6434 or
Sarah Linthacum,
Harrison County Health Department (660) 425-6324

MU Extension is hiring for positions in the Northwest Region

Do you have interest in a career working with youth, agriculture business, nutrition, business development or other extension subject areas? University of Missouri Extension in the Northwest region currently has several regional specialist positions open and we are recruiting.

Review the position descriptions and the on-line application procedure on the University of Missouri Extension webpage--http://extension.missouri.edu/. At the bottom of the page click on the JOBS tab and you will see the list of positions for which we are recruiting statewide and you can see those in the NW Region. Positions remain posted until filled.

The Arts As a Portal to Science Communication

The Arts As a Portal to Science Communication—an example of MU Extension Community Arts Program (CAP) partnering with MU faculty to reach our Missouri constituents. CAP is offering one full residential camp scholarship (a $500 value) for a Missouri High school student. See attached flyer for details or go http://extension.missouri.edu/communityarts/artandsciencecamp.aspx or contact, wooleryl@missouri.edu.

Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

Updating History of Extension in Harrison County

Recently a booklet was found about the first 50 years of extension in Harrison County Missouri. The report titled "Excerpts From History 1919-1969," contains numerous entries that are amusing and gave some perspective about how the Extension service has impacted Harrison County. You can find some of the entries here on our website, http://extension.missouri.edu/harrison/exthistharrison.aspx.  We wish to update the history of the extension center, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019. If you have any stories or information about the history of MU Extension in Harrison County in specific, please contact us by phone (660)425-6434 or email harrisonco@missouri.edu.

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