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.”
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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:

    Pickle Making Workshop
    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, or mkrisco@iastate.edu, by May 15

    Pressure Canning Workshop
    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, or mkrisco@iastate.edu, by May 22

    Hot-Water Bath Canning, Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
    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, Jams and Dehydrating Workshop - this workshop has been cancelled
    Wednesday June 3, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Jefferson County Extension Office, 2606 West Burlington, Fairfield, IA 52556

    Pressure Canning Workshop
    Saturday June 6, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Jefferson County Extension Office, 2606 West Burlington, Fairfield, IA 52556
    To register, contact the Jefferson County Extension Office at 641-472-4166 or register online at www.extension.iastate.edu/Jefferson/ by May 29, 2015

    Hot-Water Bath Canning, Making Salsa, and Freezing Fruits and Vegetables Workshop
    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:

    Pickle Making
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Zion Lutheran Church, 310 North Johnson Street, Iowa City, IA, 52245
    To register, contact Rachel Wall, wallr@iastate.edu or 319-768-8777, by June 10 at 5pm.

    Jams and Dehydrating OR Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop*
    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, wallr@iastate.edu) by Thursday, June 18th at 5:00
    * These workshops will be taught simultaneously.  When registering, please let Rachel know which workshop you wish to attend. 

    Pickle Making
    Saturday June 13, 2015 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Davis County Extension Office, 402 East North Street, Bloomfield, Iowa  52537
    To register contact the Davis County Extension office 641-664-2730 or register online at www.extension.iastate.edu/Davis/ by June 5th 2015.

    Hot water bath canning (salsa making) and freezing
    Saturday June  27, 2014 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Davis County Extension office, 402 East North Street, Bloomfield, Iowa 52537
    To register contact the Davis County Extension Office at 641-664-2730 or register online at www.extension.iastate.edu/Davis/ by June19th 2015.

    Pressure canning workshop
    Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Jones County Extension Office, 800 N Maple Street Suite 2, Monticello, IA 52310
    To register, contact Rachel Wall, wallr@iastate.edu or 319-768-8777, by June 24 at 5pm.

    Hot-Water Bath Canning, Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
    Saturday July 11, 2015 from 1 pm to 5 pm
    Former Salvation Army Main Office Building 725 W 2nd Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
    To register contact Barbara Anderson or Wapello County Extension Office at 641-682-5491 or register online at www.extension.iastate.edu/wapello/ by June 27th 2015.

    Pressure Canning Workshop
    Saturday July 25, 2015 from 1 pm to 5 pm
    Former Salvation Army Main Office Building 725 W 2nd Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
    To register contact Barbara Anderson or Wapello County Extension Office at 641-682-5491 or register online at www.extension.iastate.edu/wapello/ by July 10th 2015

WESTERN IOWA:

    Pressure canning workshop
    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, bfuller@iastate.edu, 641-202-1843 by Thursday, July 23rd at 5:00 pm.

    Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop
    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, srichard@iastate.edu) by Tuesday August 4th at 5:00.

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

    Hot Water bath Workshop (Salsa)
    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, bfuller@iastate.edu, 641-202-1843 by Friday, August 14th at 5:00 pm.


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.

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