Sauerkraut Making Workshop with Sausage/Sauerkraut Lunch

Roger Hill stamping kraut with iron wood log

Slow Food Upper Delaware Chapter and The Upper Delaware Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation invite you to a Sauerkraut Making Workshop and Sausage and Sauerkraut Lunch at the Cooperage in Honesdale, PA.

Sunday, November 17, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Taught by Roger Hill
Suggested donation of $25 includes lunch
The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA

Local farmer, singer/guitarist, artist, and mentor Roger Hill will walk us through the steps of making sauerkraut. Sauerkraut, or “sour cabbage” is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. It has a long shelf-life, a distinctive sour flavor, and is filled with healthy bacteria for the gut. When it’s made at home, not in some food processing plant halfway around the world, it’s both tastier and healthier! Join us to learn more about how to prepare this perennial favorite.

For more information contact Chapter Leader Maria Grimaldi
845-482-4164
http://slowfoodupderiva.org

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Korean Foods Workshop Cancelled

Unfortunately, this workshop had to be postponed.
We’ll announce a new date as soon as it has been rescheduled!

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New Studies Confirm: Raw Milk A Low-Risk Food

The Weston A. Price Foundation  is delighted to share the new science on raw milk safety. See http://www.westonaprice.org/press/new-studies-confirm-raw-milk-a-low-risk-food

(WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2013)-Three quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) recently published in the Journal of Food Protection have demonstrated that unpasteurized milk is a low-risk food, contrary to previous, inappropriately-evidenced claims suggesting a high-risk profile.  These scholarly papers, along with dozens of others, were reviewed on May 16, 2013 at the Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC (Canada), during a special scientific Grand Rounds presentation entitled “Unpasteurized milk: myths and evidence.”

The reviewer, Nadine Ijaz, MSc, demonstrated how inappropriate evidence has long been mistakenly used to affirm the “myth” that raw milk is a high-risk food, as it was in the 1930s.  Today, green leafy vegetables are the most frequent cause of food-borne illness in the United States.   British Columbia CDC’s Medical Director of Environmental Health Services, Dr. Tom Kosatsky, who is also Scientific Director of Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, welcomed Ms. Ijaz’s invited presentation as “up-to-date” and “a very good example of knowledge synthesis and risk communication.”

Quantitative microbial risk assessment is considered the gold-standard in food safety evidence, a standard recommended by the United Nations body Codex Alimentarius, and affirmed as an important evidencing tool by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada. The scientific papers cited at the BC Centre for Disease Control presentation demonstrated a low risk of illness from unpasteurized milk consumption for each of the pathogens
Campylobacter, Shiga-toxin inducing E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.  This low risk profile applied to healthy adults as well as members of immunologically-susceptible groups:  pregnant women, children and the elderly.

Given that these QMRAs appear to contradict a long-held scientific view that raw milk is a high-risk food, Ms. Ijaz noted (in line with United Nations standards) that it is important to confirm their accuracy using food-borne outbreak data .  The accuracy of recent QMRA findings was scientifically demonstrated using a combination of peer-reviewed data and Ijaz’s own recent scholarly working paper, which analysed U.S. outbreak data for raw milk using accepted methodologies.

Peer-reviewed outbreak data confirming a negligible risk of illness from Listeria monocytogenes in raw milk was particularly notable, and demonstrates the inaccuracy of a high-risk designation given to raw milk in an older U.S. government risk assessment for Listeria.  The forty-year worldwide absence of listeriosis cases from raw milk presented in a 2013 scholarly review, and affirmed in the QMRA results published in 2011, is attributed by European reviewers to the protective action of non-harmful bacteria found in raw milk.
“While it is clear that there remains some appreciable risk of food-borne illness from raw milk consumption, public health bodies should now update their policies and informational materials to reflect the most high-quality evidence, which characterizes this risk as low,” said Ijaz.  “Raw milk producers should continue to use rigorous management practices to minimize any possible remaining risk.”

Ms. Ijaz used extensive high-quality evidence to further deconstruct various scientific myths from both raw milk advocates and detractors.  As Ijaz pointed out, increasing evidence of raw farm milk’s unique health benefits to young children, as well as the possible detriments of industrial milk production practices, will need to be carefully considered in future risk analyses.  She recommended an honest, evidence-informed dialogue on raw milk issues between producers, consumers, advocates, legislators and public health officials.

“The BC CDC should be commended for recognizing this important research on raw milk safety,” said Sally Fallon Morell, president of the  Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation that provides information on the health benefits of raw, whole milk from pastured cows. “I look forward to productive discussion with the US CDC and Food and Drug Administration in light of this new scientific evidence.”

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Contact:  Liz Reitzig, Hartke Communications
Lizreitzig@gmail.com 301-807-5063
References and interviews available upon request.

To view the May 16, 2013 Grand Rounds presentation from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/util/about/UBCCDC/GrandRounds/default.htm

Direct presentation link:  http://phsa.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/b54b4be24bab4f4581ef0fdd8023d38d1d

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Some of my favorite things…

Animal Fat Skin Creme!
The winter issue of Wise Traditions contains a wonderful article on making skin creme from beef or sheep tallow and Radiant Life sells a soothing tallow body balm. See The Prairie Homestead for instructions on how to render beef tallow.

Kombucha Mushroom Snack!

Keeping children fed can be a full time job and sometimes full of surprises! We made salmon jerky today, using the recipe from Nourishing Traditions. Bedtime snack was a kombucha mushroom!

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