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, Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
Humboldt County - Friday, April 24, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm
Humboldt County Extension Office, 727 Sumner Avenue, Humboldt, IA  50548
To register, contact Holly VanHeel at 515-408-7041 or Humboldt County Extension Office at 515-332-2201 or register online at: www.extension.iastate.edu/webster/ by April 17, 2015

Hot-Water Bath Canning, Pickle Making Workshop
Webster County - Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm
Webster County Extension Office, 217 S. 25th Street, Suite C12, Fort Dodge, IA  50501
To register, contact Holly VanHeel at 515-408-7041 or Webster County Extension Office at 515-576-2119 or register online at: www.extension.iastate.edu/webster/ by April 17, 2015

Hot-Water Bath Canning, Making Salsa, and Freezing Fruits and Vegetables Workshop
Polk County - Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 9am to 1pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by May 1

Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
Polk County - Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by May 8
 
Pickle Making Workshop
Polk County - Saturday, May 23, 9am to 1pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by May 15

Pressure Canning Workshop
Polk County - Saturday, May 30, 9am to 1pm
Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787, by May 22

Hot-Water Bath Canning, Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
Hamilton County - Friday, June 5, 2015, from 9 am to 1 pm
Hamilton County Extension Office, 311 Bank Street, Webster City, IA   50595
To register, contact Holly VanHeel at 515-408-7041 or Hamilton County Extension Office at 515-832-9597 or register online at: www.extension.iastate.edu/webster/ by May 29, 2015

Hot-Water Bath Canning, Making Salsa, and Freezing Fruits and Vegetables Workshop
Story County - Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 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 at: www.extension.iastate.edu/webster/ by August 20, 2015

Eastern Iowa

Jams and Dehydrating OR Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop*
Linn County - Thursday, June 25, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Oak Ridge Middle School (FCS classroom), 4901 Alburnett Rd, Marion, IA 52302
To register, contact Rachel Wall, 319-768-8777, June 18th @5:00 pm 
* These workshops will be taught simultaneously. When registering, please let Rachel know which workshop you wish to attend.  

Pressure Canning Workshop
Scott County - Tuesday May 19, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ, 3432 Jersey Rd, Davenport, IA
To register, contact Vera Stokes, 563-210-0587, by May 12th @5:00 pm

Western Iowa

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

 

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