U of I food preservation workshop in Freeport

Summer is here and the growing season is well underway. Excited to get out and into your garden? Remembering all the wonderful produce you had last year? Wondering how you can savor the fun summer flavors all year round? Have you considered canning?

“Home food preservation has become intensely popular, once again. Years ago, people preserved their own food out of necessity. Now however, people are preserving their food for more altruistic reasons.  Canning provides a sense of healthfulness, independence, and canning benefits the environment, by reducing your carbon footprint” states University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Diane Reinhold.

If you are interested in learning what it takes to preserve food safely or perhaps you simply need a quick refresher then this class is for you. Yes! You Can: Preserve It Safely – Water Bath and Pressure Canning Basics, will be held on Tuesday, July 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension office, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd. Freeport.

During this timely seasonal program, participants will learn about the basics of food preservation, home food safety guidelines, and the most recent methods used to preserve food safely. Also participants can have the dial-gauge on their pressure canners tested, just bring your lid. To register, call the Extension office at 815-235-4125 or visit us online at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw. There is a $5 fee which will cover the educational session and pressure canner gauge testing. Space is limited, so enroll now.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Stephenson County Extension office at 815-235-4125.

–U of I Extension

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