By Jamie Mullins
WVU Extension Agent
Calhoun County

Do you need a refresher in Food Preservation?

Are you interested in learning a traditional preservation technique that you haven't used before? With gardens starting to bloom, it is time to pull out that pressure canner, dehydrator, or whatever tool you use to preserve that fresh produce that is growing in your garden.

The Calhoun and Gilmer WVU-Extension Services will be collaborating this summer to offer a program in food preservation. This program will look at various manners in which garden crops and other fruits and vegetables can be saved for use throughout the year.

During the week of July 14-18, a Food Preservation Basics course will be offered between Trinity United Methodist Church in Glenville and Louisa Chapel in Arnoldsburg. The classes will cover basic food and preservation safety. And they will ALL include hands-on opportunities. Each class will begin at 9:30 a.m. The schedule for the week is as follows:

Monday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church Topic: Food Preservation Basics and Safety/Freezing your Produce

Tuesday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Louisa Chapel Topic: Canning - An Old Favorite (WVU Extension will test Pressure Canners during this class)

Thursday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church Topic: Hot Bathing and Dehydrating - Something Old, Something New

Friday, July 18 at 9:30 a.m. at Louisa Chapel Topic: Jams, Jellies, and Salsa

Come out and join your Extension staffs as they teach you FDA approved techniques and recipes. Those individuals who attend all of the workshops will receive a certificate in Food Preservation Basics to honor their efforts.

Classes will be limited to 15 people. To RSVP please call the WVU Extension Service - Calhoun County at (304)354-6332.

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