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:

    Hot-Water Bath Canning, Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
    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, Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
    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
    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, or mkrisco@iastate.edu, by May 1

    Jams and Dehydrating Workshop
    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, or mkrisco@iastate.edu,by May 8

    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, 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:

    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. 

    Pressure Canning Workshop
    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, vstokes@iastate.edu) by Tuesday, May 12th at 5:00

WESTERN IOWA:

    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.

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.