Free food preservation virtual courses upcoming

Variety of fruits and vegetables

There might be snow on the ground, but it is garden planning season. Now is also the time to plan for preserving garden produce.
“Home food preservation is not difficult, but it does require following specific directions exactly,” said Renee Sweers, nutrition and wellness specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Ignoring recommended procedures can result in home canned products that will make you, your family and friends very ill.”
ISU Extension and Outreach is offering three virtual Preserve the Taste of Summer (PTTS) courses to help prepare for the food preservation season. Each one-hour course is being offered on multiple dates, beginning February 16 through June 2, 2021.
“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,” Sweers added.
Preserve the Taste of Summer 101 is a general food preservation course providing an overview of canning, freezing and drying foods and up-to-date resources. Preserve the Taste of Summer Jam Making Basics and Preserve the Taste of Summer Salsa Making Basics will provide in-depth information on safely preserving jam/fruit spreads and salsa respectively.
There is no fee for any of the PTTS courses, but online registration is required. More detailed information on the courses and registration forms can be found at

Course Schedules


Preserve the Taste of Summer 101 Preserve the Taste of Summer - Jam Making Basics Preserve the Taste of Summer - Salsa Making Basics
Tuesday, Feb. 16 - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 25 - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20 - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 - 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.    
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