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What’s going on at the Extension?

June 13, 2014
by Britney Rosburg - ISU Extension Program Educator , Estherville News

June is dairy month- a good time to consider the benefits of drinking milk and eating other dairy foods for calcium and Vitamin D. Drinking milk increases bone heath, reduces risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and blood pressure. Despite these benefits, some milk myths prevent some people from drinking milk. ISU Extension and Outreach myth busters have "busted" a few of these myths.

Milk Myth 1: Milk causes mucus

Myth Buster: For some, drinking milk may make mucus thicker than it is normally. However drinking milk for most people does not make your body produce more phlegm and will not worsen a cold.

Milk Myth 2: Organic milk is much healthier than conventional milk

Myth Buster: Cup for cup, organic and conventionally-produced milk contain the same nine essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. Both conventionally-produced and organic milk are routinely tested for antibiotics and pesticides and must comply with very stringent safety standards, ensuring that both organic milk and conventional milk are pure, safe, and nutritious.

Milk Myth 3: Fat-free milk has almost no nutritional value.

Myth Buster: Fat-free milk has the same amount of calcium, vitamin D, and protein as whole, 2%, and 1% milk. The only nutritional difference among the varieties of milk is the amount of fat and calories per serving. Another difference is that fat-free milk is often cheaper than the other varieties. A family of four changing from whole milk to fat-free milk could save $8 to $11 per week and shave off 5,040 calories and 518 grams of fat!

Canning is making a comeback! Want to learn the fine art of canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables? Food Preservation 101 will be held June 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. at ISU Extension and Outreach- Emmet County Office in Estherville. First time preservers are encouraged to attend this class as well as anyone who would like to update their canning, freezing, and dehydrating skills.

Emmet County Extension is also offering pressure canner lids checks also on June 24, 2014 from 9 to 4 p.m. in the office. Pressure canner lids with dial gauges need to be tested annually for accuracy. This service is free of charge and you can drop off your lid/gauge ahead of time when it is convenient for you. The following brands of pressure canners can be tested: Presto, National, Kook Kwik, Maid of Honor, and Magic Seal.

If you would like to get your pressure canner lid checked please drop them off at the Emmet County Extension office on or before 24 and we will have them checked for accuracy.

Pre-registration for the Food Preservation 101 workshop is requested and cost is $10. Participants should register for the class by calling Emmet County Extension and Outreach at (712) 362-3434 or email me at

Don't miss the chance to make one of the Preserving 101 classes and learn how to preserve the fruits and vegetables of the garden

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