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
Click here to register for the professional course
Home Food Preserver ($35)
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.
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
- A computer made in the past four or five years, either Macintosh or PC
- Connection to the Internet
- 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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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.
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.
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.