Canning and preserving made easy

Published 3:50 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Preserving food cannot be considered new and trendy, but the recent revival fits the modern renaissance of handcrafted food, heirloom agriculture, and using food in its season. Like baking bread or making a slow-cooked tomato sauce, preserving offers primal satisfactions and practical results.

Stacks of locally grown, peak-ripe produce are appearing at farmer’s markets, roadside stands and backyards all over the county. This is the window of opportunity to preserve all of nature’s bounty. The thoughts of home canning, whether you are a pro or a novice, can be overwhelming, but with the help of the Extension Office, we can make the process manageable.

Learn about canning green beans and other low acid vegetables in the pressure canner using the proper techniques. Classes will be held at the Polk County Extension Center on July 25. This two – three hour workshop will be at 2 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. Both classes cover the same materials. There is a minimal cost involved. To register or if you have questions, call the Extension Office at 828-894-8218.

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– article submitted by Jimmi Buell