Registration due for ‘Preserve the Taste of Summer’ hands-on workshop
ISU Extension and Outreach is offering the new “Preserve the Taste of Summer” program to provide the most current USDA-approved food preservation recommendations.
“Preserve the Taste of Summer” includes eight online lessons and hands-on food preservation workshops.
The online lessons, explained Sara Sprouse, ISU Extension human sciences specialist of nutrition and wellness, cover overall food safety and several specific topics, including canning basics, caning acid foods, pressure canning low-acid foods, and preparing and canning pickled and fermented foods. The lessons also discuss making and preserving fruit spreads, freezing foods, storing frozen and refrigerated foods, and drying foods.
After completing the online portion of the program, participants attend one or more hands-on workshops, Sprouse continued.
Two of those hands-on workshops are planned at the Jefferson County ISU Extension office:
• “Jams and Dehydrating” set from 5:30-9 p.m. April 18, with registration due by Friday to 472-4166; and
• “Salsa Making,” with the hot-water bath canning method and “Freezing” set from 5:30-9 p.m. May 11, with registration due by May 5 to 472-4116.
Other hands-on workshop topics cover pickle making and pressure canning, and are scheduled in other locations around southeast Iowa.
Each hands-on workshop begins with a review of information presented in the overview lesson.
The “Preserve the Taste of Summer” program registration fee is $35 and covers all eight online lessons and one hands-on workshop of the participant’s choice. A participant can register for additional workshops for $20 per workshop.
“A professional level option is also available for this program that qualifies as continuing education for Iowa teachers and registered dietitians,” said Sprouse. “The professional registration fee is $100 and covers all eight lessons and two hands-on workshops.”
The professional level participants also can register for additional workshops for $20 each.
Register for the “Preserve the Taste of Summer” program online at www.extension.iastate.edu/registration/events/conferences/preservation/.
“It’s a great opportunity for anyone 18 or older who is interested in learning safe food preservation techniques,” said Sprouse.