Preserve the Taste of Summer

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canned vegetables

Preserving your own foods can be a lot quicker and easier than you might think. It’s a great way to have delicious, local food all year long. Four hands-on workshops offer you the opportunity to learn safe food preservation techniques.

Intended audience: Adults age 18 years or older
Format:

  • Introductory session - One 2-hour course
  • Workshops - One 3- to 4-hour workshop; 4 topics available

Special Offering: Totally Tomatoes and All About Apples

Due to COVID-19 concerns, two Preserve the Taste of Summer sessions will be offered online.

  • Totally Tomatoes
  • All About Apples

Each session is 60 minutes in length and available at no cost. To register, select a date listed in the Upcoming Events section. All times are CDT.

Information about access to the online meeting room will be emailed to registered participants.


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 in this introductory course.

Intended audience: Adults age 18 years or older
Format: One 2-hour course


Preserve the Taste of Summer Workshops

Preserving your own foods can be a lot quicker and easier than you might think. It’s a great way to have delicious, local food all year long. Four hands-on workshops offer you the opportunity to learn safe food preservation techniques.

  • Salsa Making
  • Jam Making and Dehydrating
  • Pickle Making and Pickled Products
  • Pressure Canning and Freezing

Intended audience: Adults age 18 years or older
Format: One 3- to 4-hour workshop; 4 topics available
Fee: $35 per workshop (3-4 hours in length)


Popular Publications

Resources

National Center for Home Food Preservation
Advice for consumers on how to preserve foods in almost any way possible. Recipes are all scientifically valid with food safety risks evaluated and addressed. Includes judging guides for evaluation of home-preserved foods for 4-H and other fairs.

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning
A complete reference is available in pdf format on the site. This is the handbook that most of Extension uses for home canning of foods.

Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
The website leads to a large number of technical and consumer-oriented materials. 

The Bad Bug Book
This is a listing of foodborne pathogens and toxins. It is a useful resource in determining what bacteria, parasites, viruses, molds, and toxins might be found in foods. 

Home Food Preservation Site - Pennsylvania State University
A very complete site with information about suppliers, kitchen unit converters, and includes the USDA canning guide.