Food Preservation 101 Workshop

Preserving the bounty of your garden harvest each fall can lead to enjoying the fruits of your labor all winter long.  It’s important to keep food safety in mind every step of the way. Home food preservation is not difficult but it does require following specific directions exactly.  Always use tested recipes and directions from a reliable source.  Ignoring recommended procedures can result in home canned products that will make you and your family very ill.  Jill Weber, ISU Extension Human Sciences Specialist, is offering a Food Preservation 101 workshop at the Winneshiek County Extension office on Monday October 22nd from 6:00-7:30PM.  The workshop is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food and will also serve as a good refresher for those who have experience preserving food.  The workshop will cover canning, freezing, and drying. 
Participants will receive current food preservation publications and be able to view additional research based resources, and canning equipment will be on display.  An in-depth on line class, Preserve the Taste of Summer will also be described.
If you are using a pressure canner for your home canning, it is important to have the dial gauge checked each season before you begin using it.  Canner lids will be tested at the session, all that is needed is the lid and dial gauge. Weighted gauges remain accurate and do not need to be tested. Low acid vegetables need to be pressure canned. Vegetables such as green beans canned at home require pressure canning. Beans canned in a boiling water canner are not safe. They may look fine coming out of the canner, but may turn cloudy and jars may pop open, even sometimes with force. 
ISU Extension publications are available at www.extension.iastate.edu/store
Please be safe when canning foods for you and your family! Knowledge and recommendations change over time with scientific developments.  You should use up-to-date recommendations and methods and not just rely on practices of past generations.
To register for the Home Food Preservation workshop, please use this link: http://bit.ly/fp11199

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