Food Preservation 101

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“In today’s economy, many Iowans are taking advantage of the land and garden spaces that are available to them them to grow their own foods,” says Holly VanHeel, ISU Extension Nutrition & Health Program Specialist.  “We are ‘rediscovering’ the joy and economies of home gardening and want to preserve that bounty to enjoy throughout the year by freezing, drying or canning those foods,” VanHeel shared.  So, whether you have been canning for years or just starting out, an introductory program is being offered to bring up-to-date information and resources to you.  The program will discuss the importance of using USDA-approved and tested recipes and methods to eliminate health concerns caused by improperly handled or preserved foods.  Iowa State University Extension Nutrition and Health program specialists are eager to provide a general overview of home food preservation.  This comprehensive program will touch on canning, both hot water bath and pressure canning, freezing, proper equipment, techniques and a review of dehydrating foods.  The newest information regarding times, pressure, altitude, resources and more will be addressed.  Please be present for this program on August 21, 2014 at the Crawford County, ISU Extension and Outreach office, 35 South Main Street, Denison  Register your participation by contacting the Crawford County, ISU Extension and Outreach office,  at 712-263-4697.  This is a great opportunity for anyone age 18 years or older interested in learning safe food preservation techniques. 

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