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.

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.



Preservation Workshops Schedule:

SOUTHWESTERN IOWA:

    Pickling Workship (Council Bluffs, IA)
    Saturday July 26th, 9am to 1pm
    HyVee #1 Council Bluffs Club Room Kitchen
    2323 West Broadway Council Bluffs, IA
    To register, please contact Barb Fuller (bfuller@ iastate.edu, 641-202-1843) by Friday, July 14th.
    Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop (Orient, IA)
    Tuesday July 22nd, 5pm to 9pm
    Henry A. Wallace Center
    2773 290th St, Orient IA
    To register, please contact Barb Fuller (bfuller@ iastate.edu, 641-202-1843) by Friday, July 11th.
    Pressure Canning Workshop (Orient, IA)
    Tuesday Aug 12th, 5pm to 9pm
    Henry A. Wallace Center
    2773 290th St, Orient IA
    To register, please contact Barb Fuller (bfuller@ iastate.edu, 641-202-1843) by Friday, July 29th.
CENTRAL IOWA:

EASTERN IOWA:
    Pickle Making Workshop (Marion, IA)
    Thursday, June 12th, 1pm to 5pm
    Linn-Mar High School
    3111 10th St (FCS room), Marion, IA
    To register, please contact Rachel Wall (wallr@iastate.edu, 319-768-8777) by Friday, May 30th.
    Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop (Marion, IA)
    Thursday, June 19th, 1pm to 5pm
    Linn-Mar High School
    3111 10th St (FCS room), Marion, IA
    To register, please contact Rachel Wall (wallr@iastate.edu, 319-768-8777) by Friday, June 6th.
    Pressure Canning Workshop (Iowa City, IA)
    Tuesday, June 24, 1pm to 5pm
    Johnson County Extension Office
    3209 Old Highway 218 S, Iowa City, IA
    To register, please contact Rachel Wall (wallr@iastate.edu, 319-768-8777) by Friday, June 13th.
    Jams and Dehydrating Workshop (Monticello , IA)
    Wednesday, July 2, 1pm to 5pm
    Jones County Extension Office
    800 N Maple St, Suite 2, Monticello, IA
    To register, please contact Rachel Wall (wallr@iastate.edu, 319-768-8777) by Friday, June 20th.

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.
Program Options:

PROFESSIONAL (Continuing Education credit) $100. Click here to register

  • Complete all eight online lessons 1- 8
  • Complete one hands-on workshop of your choice
    • Hot water bath canning (Salsa Making)/Freezing
    • Fruit spreads/Dehydrating
    • Pickle Making
    • Pressure canning

GOLD* $75. Click here to register

  • Complete all eight online lessons 1-8
  • Complete one hands-on workshop (participant selects)
    • Hot water bath canning (Salsa Making)/Freezing
    • Fruit spreads/Dehydrating
    • Pickle Making
    • Pressure canning

* Completion of this program makes participants eligible to apply for our anticipated Volunteer Food Preservation Assistant Program (Summer 2012)

SILVER $50. Click here to register

  • Complete the two general overview online lessons 1 & 2
  • Complete two method specific online lessons that correspond to the hands on workshop you wish to take. See lessons below to determine which online lessons are required for each workshop.
  • Complete one hands-on workshop (accompanies method-specific lessons)
    • Hot water bath canning (Salsa Making)/Freezing (Lessons 3 & 7)
    • Fruit spreads/Dehydrating (Lessons 6 & 8)
    • Pickle Making (Lessons 3 & 5)
    • Pressure canning (Lesson 4 and any other lesson 3 - 8)

BRONZE $25. Click here to register

  • Complete the general overview online lessons 1 & 2
  • Complete one subject matter online lesson (choose one from lessons 3 - 8)

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS:

  • Additional online lessons: $5 each
  • Additional hands-on workshops: $40 each*

*Requires completion of the accompanying online lesson or lessons

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.