Taste of Summer

Would you like to become an expert in home canning?  Do you have a yen to preserve the delicious fruits and vegetables that have been growing in your garden this summer?

Sign up now for any or all of the four upcoming “Preserve the Taste of Summer” Saturday morning food preservation workshops offered this fall semester by Iowa Valley Continuing Education and the Poweshiek County Extension office. All workshops take place from 9 am to noon, at the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus, 123 6th Ave West. . All food supplies and equipment provided. Bring your own apron. 

The first Preserve the Taste of Summer workshop will be “Freezing & Water Bath Canning” on Saturday, Aug 31.  Participants practice preserving jars of salsa and bring home a wealth of preservation instructions and recipes

The next workshop in the series, “Pickling”, will take place the following weekend on Saturday,Sept. 7. Participants will make their own jars of pickles, and bring home pickling recipes and instructions.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, “Pressure Canning” will cover how to safely can vegetables, sauces, meats, and other low-acid foods. Participants can fresh vegetables as they gain experience using a pressure canner.

The final workshop in the Preserve the Taste of Summer series will be “Fruit Jams & Dehydration” on Saturday,Oct. 12. Participants will taste home canned jams on fresh biscuits and prepare their own blueberry jam. They will also taste fruit snacks created using a food dehydrator and learn about what foods can be dehydrated.

These workshops will be taught by Iowa State University Extension Nutrition and Health program specialists Mary Krisco and Holly Van Heel. Anyone age 18 years or older may attend. Hands-on workshops require online registration, payment, and completion of four 30-minute online lessons before the workshop is held.

Workshop participants will need to register with both ISU Extension and Iowa Valley Continuing Education. To register, participants must visit the ISU Extension “Preserve the Taste of Summer” program, http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/preservation/home.html,and take the online lessons required for the workshop desired. The cost of the four on-line lessons is $50. Participants will then need to bring their certificates of completion of required online lessons to the workshop of their choice.

To complete registration for a hands-on workshop, participants should call Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 1-800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645 or go to the website, www.IowaValley.com. The cost of attending a hands-on workshop is $10.

For more information about the content of the workshops, please contact Mary Krisco at 515-957-5787 or mkrisco@iastate.edu.

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