Preserve the Taste of Summer 101

Love that fresh garden produce but have more than you can eat? Preserve it! It’s not difficult, but you do need to follow safe methods. You’ll learn how to can, freeze, and dry foods safely at home.

Intended audience: Adults age 18 years or older

Format: One 1.5- to 2-hour workshop

Jam Making and Food Dehydrating Workshop

Jam Making and Food Dehydrating Workshop offered by ISU Extension and Outreach

Learn all the basics of water bath canning, making jam and dehydrating food at a Food Preservation Workshop on Monday April 29th from 5:00PM-9:00PM.  The workshop will be held at Ms. B’s Quilting and is part of  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Preserve the Taste of Summer program. Jill Weber, a human sciences specialist in food and health with ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead the workshop. During the hands-on workshop, participants will:

•Learn the basics of water bath canning and dehydration

•Hear the most up-to-date recommendations

•Make and can jam

•Sample home dehydrated foods

 •Take home and enjoy a jar of jam that they canned

“These workshops are fun and helpful for beginning canners as well as experienced canners,” said Weber. “We will provide the most up-to-date science and guidelines for water bath canning.” A past participant reported, “I would never have attempted home canning before Preserve the Taste of Summer. Now I know how to do it correctly and will attempt home canning.”  The workshop is sponsored by Allamakee County Extension and Outreach. Participants can register for the workshop at https://go.iastate.edu/JBWLFD .

To learn more or to ask questions, contact Lana Dahlstrom at 563-568-6345 or dahlstro@iastate.edu.

Pickle Making and Pickled Products Workshop

Pickle Making and Pickled Products Workshop offered by ISU Extension and Outreach- Allamakee County

Learn all the basics of water bath canning, making pickles and pickled products at a Food Preservation Workshop on Tuesday, May 14th from 5:00PM-9:00PM.  The workshop will be held at Ms. B’s Quilting, 201 Allamakee St in Waukon,  is part of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Preserve the Taste of Summer program. Jill Weber, a human sciences specialist in food and health with ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead the workshop.

During the hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Learn the basics of water bath canning and pickling,
  • Hear the most up-to-date canning recommendations,
  • Make and can pickles, and
  • Take home and enjoy a jar of pickles that they canned.

“These workshops are fun and helpful for beginning canners as well as experienced canners,” states Weber, workshop instructor. “We will provide the most up-to-date science and guidelines for water bath canning.”

A past participant reported, There were several important things I learned—must follow a tested recipe, the process, and how to cut using a chef's knife.” 

This workshop is sponsored by Allamakee County Extension and Outreach.   

Participants can register for the workshop at  https://go.iastate.edu/VQMCBY

For more information, contact the Lana Dahlstrom, dahlstro@iastate.edu or 563-568-6345.