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, 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

    Hot-Water Bath Canning, Making Salsa, and Freezing Fruits and Vegetables Workshop
    Saturday, September 12, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    4-H Learning Center, North Iowa Fairgrounds, 3700 Fourth St. SW, Mason City, IA 50401
    To register, contact Nancy Clark, nanclark@iastate.edu, 515-341-0261, by September 4, 2015

EASTERN IOWA:

    Jams and Pressure Canning Workshop
    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    St. Paul's Methodist church, 207 W Louise St, Waterloo, IA
    To register, contact Jill Weber at 319-234-6811 or jrweber@iastate.edu by July 27, 2015

    Jams and Pressure Canning Workshop
    Thursday, August 29, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Holy Name Catholic Church, 128 N Walnut St, West Union, IA
    To register, contact Jill Weber at 319-240-1730 or jrweber@iastate.edu by August 24, 2015

    Hot Water Bath Canning (Salsa Making) and Freezing Workshop
    Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago St. in Decorah.
    To register, contact Jill Weber at 319-240-1730 or jrweber@iastate.edu by August 31, 2015

WESTERN IOWA:

    Jams and Dehydrating workshop
    August 8 , 9 am to 12 noon
    Cass County Fairgrounds kitchen, Atlantic, Ia. 50022
    To register, contact Barb Fuller, bfuller@iastate.edu, 641-202-1843 by August 3rd 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.

    Pickling workshop
    Thursday, August 13, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Carson Community Center, 316 N Commercial St, Carson, IA 51525
    To register, contact Barb Fuller, bfuller@iastate.edu, 641-202-1843 by August 5th at 5:00 pm.

    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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