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What’s going on at Emmet County Extension?

April 10, 2015
by Britney Rosburg - ISU Extension Program Educator , Estherville News

Have you started your spring cleaning? You know how good it feels when your house is clean?

It feels just as good when your financial and business papers are well-organized. Join Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Family Finance Specialist Jan Monahan as she offers guidelines and strategies for putting your financial house in order.

"Have you ever wondered how long to keep your records, when to toss and when to keep. Are you feeling that you need to get organized after your last tax appointment? Do you or your parents have a place where records are kept? Do you know where your safety deposit key is, where your will is, where is your insurance policy is at and who your attorney is? Can you and your spouse locate this in 5 minutes or less? Can someone else locate this if you were both killed at the same time?" Monahan asks. "If you answer no to any of the above questions, take some time to get organized by attending this class. You and your family will be glad you did."

Mark your calendars for Monday, April 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Estherville Public Library at 213 Central Ave. Estherville.

The fee for the program is $5 for light refreshments and materials. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling (712) 362-3434 by April 15.

Speaking of spring cleaning, when was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? Here are a few things you can do quickly if you do not have time for a full cleaning:

n Make sure your refrigerator temperature is 40F or slightly below and your freezer is 0F or below. Higher temperatures mean faster food spoilage.

n Air circulates constantly in a refrigerator and foods dry out quickly. Everything needs to be wrapped in foil, plastic, or put in airtight containers. Moisture- and vapor-proof materials are best.

n Perishables like dairy, eggs, and meat should be kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator (not the door). Fresh meat should be in a drawer or in a container on a bottom shelf so any juices that leak do not drip on other foods.

n Identify a spot for leftovers and label them. Make a plan to use them. If you know you will not use them within four days, freeze them or throw them away.

n Wipe up spills in the refrigerator when they happen to prevent bacteria (germs) and odors from developing. Use hot soapy water to clean up any spill and rinse with clean water.

Happy spring!



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