Preservation Program

Iowa State University Extension Nutrition and Health program specialists are eager to announce a new food preservation program, Preserve the Taste of Summer. It is a comprehensive program comprised of both online lessons and hands-on workshops. Preserve the Taste of Summer is a great opportunity for anyone age 18 years or older interested in learning safe food preservation techniques. Youth age 17 years and younger are welcome to participate but will need to do so with a parent or guardian in attendance.


Two Participation Level Options

 

Professional ($100)

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

Click here to register for the professional course

 

Home Food Preserver ($35)

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

Click here to register for the Home Food Preserver course


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
Program Requirements of the Online learning software:
  • A computer made in the past four or five years, either Macintosh or PC
  • Connection to the Internet
  • Speakers
  • E-mail address
  •  A printer to print out the certificate; you may also want to print a copy of the presentations
  •  Flash Player: Needed to view the presentations. If you don't have Flash Player, you may download it for free by clicking on “Flash Player.”
  • Adobe Reader: To open pdf documents including worksheets and publications, you need Adobe Reader. If you don’t have Adobe Reader, you may download a free copy by clicking on “Adobe Reader.”

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

Participation in a hands-on workshop requires the completion of the general overview online lessons and the corresponding subject matter online lesson(s). The online lessons include a general overview of 1. food safety and 2. canning basics. The online method-specific lessons include: 3. Canning acid foods,  4. Pressure canning low-acid foods, 5. Preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods, 6. Making and preserving fruit spreads, 7. Freezing food, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods, and 8. Drying foods.

Upcoming Workshops

Each regionally-based workshop will begin with a brief review regarding information presented in the overview lesson. The anticipated workshops are: hot water bath canning (Salsa Making) and freezing; jams and dehydrating; pickle making; and pressure canning.

CENTRAL IOWA:

    Salsa Making and Freezing (& Group viewing of online lessons)
    Saturday, July 8th, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Lucas County Extension Office, 48293 Hy-Vee Road, Chariton, IA 50049 
    To register, contact Kelly Phillips, (641)774-2016 or kphillip@iastate.edu, by Friday, June 30th at 4:00 p.m.


    Making Salsa
    Saturday, July 22,  9am-1pm
    ISU Extension, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
    To register, contact Mary Krisco at mkrisco@iastate.edu or 515-957-5787 by July 16, 2017.

    Pressure Canning
    Saturday, Aug. 5,  9am-1pm
    ISU Extension, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
    To register, contact Mary Krisco at mkrisco@iastate.edu or 515-957-5787 by July 28, 2017.

    Pickling
    Saturday, Aug. 12,  9am-1pm
    ISU Extension, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
    To register, contact Mary Krisco at mkrisco@iastate.edu or 515-957-5787 by Aug. 4, 2017.

    Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing
    Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 5pm – 9pm
    United Methodist Church Wesley Place
    1812 Gary Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
    To register, contact Renee Sweers, rsweers@iastate.edu, 712-276-2157 by August 15

    Making Jam and Dehydrating Fruit
    Saturday, Sept. 9,  9am-1pm
    ISU Extension, 1625 Adventureland Dr., Suite A, Altoona IA 50009
    To register, contact Mary Krisco at mkrisco@iastate.edu or 515-957-5787 by Sept. 1, 2017.

     

EASTERN IOWA:

    Pressure Canning
    Thursday, June 22, 5-9 p.m.
    Grinnell United Methodist Church, 916 5th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112
    To register, contact Catherine Lents, (641)623-5188, or clents@iastate.edu, by Friday, June 16th at 5 pm.
     
    Salsa Making and Freezing
    Thursday, June 29; 1:00-5:00 pm
    First Lutheran Church- church kitchen (downstairs), 313 E. Fayette Street, Manchester, IA 52057
    To register: Contact Cindy Baumgartner at cbaum@iastate.edu or 563-927-4201 (office) or 563-608-0868 (cell) by Friday, June 23, 2017

    Pickle Making
    Thursday, July 27, 5:30-9:00 p.m.,
    Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 North I St., Oskaloosa
    To register, contact Codi Voss, (641)673-5841, Ext. 26, or  cvoss@iastate.edu, by Friday, July 21st at 5 pm.

    Salsa Making and Freezing

    Thursday, August 17, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
    Grinnell United Methodist Church, 916 5th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112
    To register, contact Catherine Lents, (641)623-5188, or clents@iastate.edu, by by Friday, August 11th at 5 pm.
     

WESTERN IOWA:

    Pressure Canning
    Wednesday, July 5,5:30-9:30pm p.m.
    United Methodist Church, 211 E 3rd St, Storm Lake
    To register, contact: Ellen Anderson at 712-732-5056 by Friday, June 30th


For those of you in other parts of Iowa, our program specialists are in the process of identifying workshop locations, days and times. When this information becomes available you will receive an email.

All programs intended for in-home consumer use only. Instructions for viewing the program content are sent by email within two business days to registered participants.