Food Preservation 101 to be held

Iowa State University Extension

A Food Preservation 101 class will be offered on April 4, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa.

The workshop, taught by ISU Extension and Outreach specialist, Sara Sprouse, is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food. It will also serve as a refresher for those who have experience preserving food.

Since 2006, there have been new canning recommendations that everyone should be aware of when canning at home. Participants will receive current Iowa State University Extension food preservation publications and learn about another program, Preserve the Taste of Summer.

The workshop is $10.00 per family, please register by March 31st by calling the Extension Office at (641)673-5841 so there are enough materials available.

“People are ‘rediscovering’ the benefits and fresh taste of home gardening and want to preserve that bounty to enjoy throughout the year by freezing, drying or canning those foods,” says Sprouse. The program will touch on canning, both hot water bath and pressure canning, freezing, equipment needed and a review of resources available.

Food preservation information and answers to your questions is also available by calling the Iowa State University toll free AnswerLine at 1-800-262-3804 or 1-800-735-2942 (Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals) or e-mail them at AnswerLine is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm.

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