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ISU Extension offers classes for food preservation

AMES — Spring is coming and many families are planning their gardens. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy your home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods, say nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“Home food preservation is not difficult, but it does require following specific directions exactly,” said Holly VanHeel, nutrition and wellness specialist. “Ignoring recommended procedures can result in home canned products that will make you, your family and friends very ill.”

To help Iowans safely preserve foods, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting several virtual Preserve the Taste of Summer courses. The Preserve the Taste of Summer 101 course is a general overview that highlights the key information Iowans need to know to get started preserving food at home. The 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 jams, jellies and salsas respectively. Each Preserve the Taste of Summer course is 1-hour and free to registrants.

Preserve the Taste of Summer classes will be hosted numerous dates and times between February and June. To register, go to https://extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/preserve-taste-summer

The scheduled dates and times are:

Preserve the Taste of Summer 101

Tuesday, May 18, 10-11 am and 6:30 — 7:30 p.m.

Preserve the Taste of Summer: Jam Making Basics

Thursday, April 29, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 20, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m.

PTTS: Salsa Making Basics

Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Holly VanHeel, Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition & Wellness, vanheel@iastate.edu, Webster County Extension and Outreach, 515-576-2119.

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