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Preserve the Taste of Summer

Preserve the Taste of SummerPreserve the Taste of Summer is a food preservation program that includes both online lessons and hands-on workshops providing the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations. It is a great opportunity for anyone age 18 years or older interested in learning safe food preservation techniques.


Online Lessons

All participants complete two general online overview lessons:

  • Lesson 1 - Food safety
  • Lesson 2 - Canning basics

Then, participants complete additional method-specific online lessons depending on their interests and the hands-on workshop they would like to participate in:

  • Lesson 3 - Canning acid foods
  • Lesson 4 - Pressure canning low-acid foods
  • Lesson 5 - Preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods
  • Lesson 6 - Making and preserving fruit spreads
  • Lesson 7 - Freezing food, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods
  • Lesson 8 - Drying foods
 
Hands-on Workshops

Participation in a hands-on workshop requires the completion of the general overview online lessons and the corresponding method specific online lesson(s). The hands-on workshops are:

  • hot water bath canning (salsa making)/freezing
  • jams and dehydrating
  • pickle making
  • pressure canning

 

Upcoming 2014 Workshops

Workshops are offered periodically throughout the state of Iowa. Contact the Nutrition & Health Specialist that serves your county for additional information.

CENTRAL IOWA

Polk
Pickle Making Workshop
Saturday, Aug 2, 9am to 1 pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona, IA
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by July 28, 2014

Polk
Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop
Saturday, Aug 9, 9am to 1 pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona, IA
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by Aug. 4, 2014

Polk
Pressure Canning Workshop
Saturday, Aug 16, 9am to 1 pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona, IA
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by Aug. 11, 2014

Polk
Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
Saturday, Aug 30, 9am to 1 pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona, IA
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by Aug. 25, 2014

EASTERN IOWA

Johnson
Pickling workshop
Saturday, Sept 20, 2014 from 11am-3pm
Waterfront Hy-Vee Club Room, 1720 Waterfront Drive, Iowa City, IA
To register, contact Rachel Wall, 319-768-8777, by Sept. 13, 2014 
 
Johnson
Jams and dehydrating workshop
Friday, October 3 from 5pm to 9pm
Waterfront Hy-Vee Club Room, 1720 Waterfront Drive, Iowa City, IA
To register, contact Rachel Wall, 319-768-8777, by Sept. 26, 2014 

SOUTHWEST IOWA

Orient
Pressure Canning Workshop
Tuesday Aug 12, 5pm to 9pm
Henry A. Wallace Center, 2773 290th St
To register, contact Barb Fuller, 641-202-1843, by July 29

Orient
Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop
Tuesday September 9, 5pm to 9pm
Henry A. Wallace Center, 2773 290th St
To register, contact Barb Fuller, 641-202-1843, by August 29

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