Food Preservation 101

Want to learn the fine art of canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables?  Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Emmet County is offering a program that will benefit both beginning and experienced preservers.  Food Preservation 101 will be held Tuesday, June 24th 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at ISU Extension and Outreach- Emmet County Extension Office in Estherville. Please call the Extension Office 362-3434by Wednesday, June 18th to register for the class.
“Canning, drying and preserving food is an old art that is making a comeback,” said Katie Knobbe, ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition and health program specialist.  “It’s all part of the trend to know where your food comes from, what is in it, and to eat fresh, local foods.”
The class will include food safety information, guidelines for canning, freezing and drying, an overview of equipment and utensils for canning and freezing and up to date resources and recipes for safe and tasty food preservation.  Participants will also learn about Preserve the Taste of Summer the food preservation course available from ISU Extension.
“Food preservation is a wonderful way to extend the taste and nutrition of the garden throughout the whole year,” said Knobbe.
First time preservers are encouraged to attend this class as well as anyone who would like to update their canning, freezing, and dehydrating skills. 
“Canning the way grandma did it may not be safe,” said Knobbe. “Everyone needs to be using up-to-date canning and food preservation processes and recipes.”
Pre-registration for the Food Preservation 101 workshop is requested and cost is $10.  Participants should register for the class by calling ISU Extension and Outreach-Emmet County at 362-3434 or email Britney Rosburg at 

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