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
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