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Extension offers home food preservation event

By Staff | Aug 23, 2014

SAC CITY – Food preserving veterans and novices can benefit from an introductory food preservation program being offered from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Sac County Extension office, 620 Park Ave., Sac City.

To preregister call (712) 662-7131.

The cost is $10. The fees will be used to offset direct expenses and to support Sac County nutrition and health programs.

The program will cover the importance of using USDA-approved and tested recipes and methods to eliminate health concerns caused by improperly handled or preserved foods.

ISU Extension specialists will provide a general overview of home food preservation.

“In today’s economy, many Iowans are taking advantage of the land and garden spaces that are available to them to grow their own food,” said Holly VanHeel, an ISU Extension nutrition and health specialist. “We are rediscovering the joy and economy of home gardening and want to preserve that bounty throughout the year by freezing, drying or canning those foods.”

This comprehensive program will touch on canning, both hot water bath and pressure canning, freezing, proper equipment, techniques and a review of dehydrating foods.

The newest information regarding times, pressure, altitude and resources will be addressed.

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