Preserve Food at Home with Virtual Courses from ISU Extension and Outreach

There might be snow on the ground, but it is garden planning season. Along with garden planning, it is also an ideal time to plan for preserving garden produce, according to Renee Sweers, a local nutrition and wellness specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering three free virtual “Preserve the Taste of Summer” courses to help people prepare for food preservation. Each one-hour course is being offered on multiple dates, beginning Feb. 16 through June 2.

“Home food preservation is not difficult, but it does require following specific directions exactly,” Sweers said. “Ignoring recommended procedures can result in home canned products that will make you, your family and friends very ill. Our online food preservation courses are beneficial for both experienced food preservers and beginners, to ensure that home preserving techniques and recipes are current and safe.”

“Preserve the Taste of Summer” is a general home food preservation course providing an overview of canning, freezing and drying foods. Participants will leave the course with up-to-date resources and knowledge about the subject.

“Preserve the Taste of Summer” will be offered on the following dates/times. Participants need only attend one session.

  • Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 10 a.m. 
  • Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 18, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.

“Preserve the Taste of Summer: Jam Making Basics” and “Preserve the Taste of Summer: Salsa Making Basics” will each provide in-depth information on safely preserving jam or fruit spreads and salsa, respectively. 

“Preserve the Taste of Summer: Jam Making Basics” will be offered:

  • Thursday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.

“Preserve the Taste of Summer: Salsa Making Basics” will be offered:

  • Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.

There is no fee for any of the Preserve the Taste of Summer courses, but registration is required and can be completed online at

For more information, contact Renee Sweers at or 712-276-2157.

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