Food Preservation 101 Workshop

Canning is making a comeback!
Want to learn the fine art of canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables?  Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is offering a program that will benefit both beginning and experienced preservers.  Food Preservation 101 will be held Thursday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8p.m. at the Estherville Public Library click here for flyer.
“Canning, drying and preserving food is an old art that is making a comeback,” said Nancy Clark, ISU Extension nutrition and health program specialist and program presenter.  “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 Clark.
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 Clark. “Everyone needs to be using up-to-date canning and food preservation processes and recipes.”
Emmet County Extension and Outreach also provides pressure canner lids checks also on in their office. Pressure canner lids with dial gauges need to be tested annually for accuracy. This service is free of charge and you can drop off your lid/gauge ahead of time when it is convenient for you. The following brands of pressure canners can be tested: Presto, National, Kook Kwik, Maid of Honor, and Magic Seal.
If you would like to get your pressure canner lid checked please drop them off at either the Emmet County Extension office.
Pre-registration for the Food Preservation 101 workshop is requested.  Participants should register for the class by calling the Estherville Public Library at (712) 362-7731 or email info@estherville.lib.ia.us.
Don’t miss the chance to make one of the Preserving 101 classes and learn how to preserve the fruits and vegetables of the garden.

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