Preserve the Taste of Summer

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Preserve 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 interested in learning safe food preservation techniques.

Online Lessons

All participants complete two general online overview lessons:

  • Lesson 1 - Food safety
  • Lesson 2 - Canning basics

Then, participants complete additional method-specific online lessons depending on their interests and the hands-on workshop they would like to participate in:

  • 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 general overview online lessons and the corresponding method specific online lesson(s). The hands-on workshops are:

  • hot water bath canning (salsa making)/freezing
  • jams and dehydrating
  • pickle making
  • pressure canning

Upcoming 2014 Workshops

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

Date of Publication: 
August, 2014