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.

Two Participation Level Options
 

Professional ($100)

  • (Registered Dietitians, Iowa Teachers)
  • 8 online lessons
  • 2 hands-on workshops
  • Additional hands-on workshops: $20
 

Home Food Preserver ($35)

  • 8 online lessons
  • 1 hands-on workshop
  • Additional hands-on workshops: $20

Volunteer Food Preservation Assistant Program (optional)

  • Those who complete all eight lessons and participate in at least one hands-on workshop are eligible
  •  Assist ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Nutrition and Wellness Specialists in conducting Preserve the Taste of Summer workshops and group sessions.
 
Online Lessons

All participants complete eight online lessons:

  • Lesson 1 - Food safety
  • Lesson 2 - Canning basics
  • 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 eight online lessons. Hands-on workshops are:

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

 

Upcoming Workshops

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

Central Iowa

Hot-Water Bath Canning, Making Salsa, and Freezing Fruits and Vegetables Workshop
Story County - Thursday, August 27, 9 am to 1 pm
Story County Extension Office, 220 H Avenue, Nevada,  IA  50201
To register, contact Holly VanHeel at 515-408-7041 or Story County Extension Office at 515-382-6551 or register online by August 20, 2015

 

Eastern Iowa

Pressure Canning Workshop
Wapello County - Saturday July 25, 1 pm to 5 pm
Former Salvation Army Main Office Building 725 W 2nd Street, Ottumwa
To register contact Barbara Anderson or Wapello County Extension Office at 641-682-5491 or register online by July 10, 2015

Jams and Pressure Canning Workshop
Black Hawk County - Wednesday, July 29, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
St Paul's United Methodist Church, 207 W Louise St., Waterloo
To register contact Jill Weber, 319-234-6811, by July 27, 2015

Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
Fayette County - Thursday, August 27, 5 - 8 pm
Holy Name Catholic Church, 128 N Walnut St, West Union
To register contact Jill Weber, 319-240-1730, by August 24, 2015

Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop
Winneshiek County - Thursday, September 3, 5 - 8 pm
Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago St., Decorah
To register contact Jill Weber, 319-240-1730, by August 31, 2015

 

Western Iowa

Pressure Canning Workshop
Adair County - Thursday, July 30,  5:00 to 9:00 pm
Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center, 2773 290th Street, Orient, IA
To register, contact Barb Fuller, 641-202-1843 by Thursday, July 23rd at 5:00 pm

Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop
Greene County - Tuesday, August 11, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Greene County Extension Office, 104 West Washington Street, Jefferson, IA
To register, contact Sue Richardson, 515-386-2138, by Tuesday August 4th at 5:00 pm

Pickling Workshop
Pottawattamie County - Thursday, August 13, 1 to 4 pm
Carson Community Center, 316 N Commercial St, Carson, IA
To register, contact Barb Fuller, 641-202-1843, by August 5

Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
Pottawattamie County - Tuesday, August 18, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
HyVee #1 2323 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA
To register, contact Barb Fuller, 641-202-1843 by Tuesday, August 11th at 5:00 pm

Hot Water Bath Workshop (Salsa)
Adair County - Thursday, August 20, 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center, 2773 290th Street, Orient, IA
To register, contact Barb Fuller, 641-202-1843 by Friday, August 14th at 5:00 pm
 

 

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