Preserve the Taste of Summer

Preserve the Taste of SummerPreserve the Taste of Summer is a food preservation program that includes both online lessons and hands-on workshops providing the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations. It is a great opportunity for anyone age 18 years or older interested in learning safe food preservation techniques.

Two Participation Level Options

Professional ($100)

  • (Registered Dietitians, Iowa Teachers)
  • 8 online lessons
  • 2 hands-on workshops
  • Additional hands-on workshops: $20

Home Food Preserver ($35)

  • 8 online lessons
  • 1 hands-on workshop
  • Additional hands-on workshops: $20

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
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
Upcoming Workshops

Workshops are offered periodically throughout the state of Iowa. Contact the Nutrition & Wellness Specialist that serves your county for additional information.

Jam Making - Neola
August 8  |  9am - 1pm
TriCenter High School FCS classroom, 33980 310th St
Instructor: Barb Fuller, 712-789-2449

Salsa Making and Freezing - Cherokee
August 11
Cherokee Middle School FCS Room, 206 E Indian Street
Instructors: Ann Heuer and Holly Van Heel
Register online

Salsa Making and Freezing - West Branch
August 18  |  9am - 1pm
West Branch Town Hall, 2015 East Main St
Instructor: Vera Stokes
Register online

Salsa and Freezing - Sac City
August 23  |  5:30-9:30pm
East Sac Middle School FCS Room, 300 S 11th St
Questions - contact Ann Heuer, 515-204-3397
Register online

Salsa and Jam Making Workshops - Winterset
August 25  |  9am - 1pm
Winterset Public Library, 123 N. 2nd St
To register, contact Mary Krisco, 515-957-5787 by August 20

Salsa Making - Badger
August 25  |  9 am - 1 pm
Badger Lutheran Church, 127 2nd Avenue, SE
Instructor: Holly VanHeel
Register online

Pickle Making - West Branch
September 15 |  9am - 1pm
West Branch Town Hall, 2015 East Main St
Instructor: Vera Stokes
Register online

Pressure Canning - Harlan
September 22  |  9am - 1pm
Harlan Community High School FCS room (east entrance), 2102 Durant St
Register online

Jams and Dehydrating - West Branch
October 27  |  9am - 1pm
West Branch Town Hall, 2015 East Main St
Instructor: Vera Stokes
Register online

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